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Commentary

Watch exclusive video from conferences, debates and other events on labor market economics as well as reading the latest opinion pieces from IZA World of Labor authors.

  • January 18, 2018

    Why does poverty persist across the generations?

    The extent to which advantage and disadvantage persist across society is a vital element of the shape of society, its vibrancy, and its success.

  • December 18, 2017

    Are happy workers more productive?

    While empirical evidence shows that better-performing companies have happier employees, the question of whether happy employees contribute to better company performance is still being explored.

     

  • November 27, 2017

    Can universal preschool increase the labor supply of mothers?

    Since the 1970s, many countries have instituted free or highly subsidized education and childcare services for all children below the compulsory schooling age to make it easier for women to combine paid work and childcare responsibilities to increase maternal labor force participation.

  • November 06, 2017
    Kevin Schnepel

    Can jobs reduce recidivism?

    Most individuals exiting prison have a hard time securing stable employment. The majority return to prison within three years of release. Is employment the key to breaking this cycle of crime and incarceration? Maybe, the research says. It all depends on the job.

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