It’s back-to-school time in many parts of the world, and to mark the beginning of a new school year we are focusing on the impact of education policy on the labor market.
One of the main goals of education is to prepare young people for entry into work and successful employment over their lifetime. Current high levels of youth unemployment shows the importance of policies that help young people progress easily from education to employment, but evaluating the pros and cons of different policy options is a constant challenge for policymakers.
This is where IZA World of Labor can help. Our authors have written comprehensive and clear articles bringing together international evidence on the effectiveness and the pros and cons of a range of policies that could benefit young people, and ease the education-to-employment transition.
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Michael A. Leeds writes that parents must let their children play because participation in sport leads to better grades as well as a significant decline in both emotional and behavioral problems later in life. Read here.
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Stephan L. Thomsen writes that shortening secondary school duration may increase the skilled workforce in aging societies. Limiting the number of years spent in education can lengthen working lives and enable intergenerational skills transfer. Read more here.
In her newly published article, Teny M. Shapiro explains that delaying secondary school start times can be a cost-effective policy to improve students’ grades. Research shows that a one-hour delay has the same effect as being in a class with a third fewer students or with a teacher whose performance is one standard deviation higher. A one-hour delay in start time is also associated with a 2.32% increase in test scores. Read more here.
Scott A. Imberman writes that although linking teacher pay to student performance has become popular, evidence on the effectiveness of this policy is mixed. He finds that financial incentives for teachers can be effective if well designed, but poorly designed incentives yield little benefit. Read more here.