Today, November 24, Eurofound announces the results of its sixth European Working Conditions Survey. Launched in 1995, the survey's findings deliver valuable insights into labor market issues affecting Europe. It provides a great opportunity for policymakers to improve working conditions, and for European nations to learn from one another about how to resolve issues affecting their own labor markets.
IZA World of Labor publishes evidence-based articles assessing the impact of policies to improve working conditions, and providing policy advice to help solve labor market issues like those raised in the Eurofound survey. For instance, "violence, harassment, and discrimination" at work comprises one section of the survey, and our articles offer solutions for discrimination still facing workers in 2015, including:
To close the gender pay gap, Solomon Polachek advises repealing marriage taxes, and improving funding for childcare, thus removing the incentive for women to stop working once they get married.
Nikolaos Askitas writes how policymakers can use Google search data to detect in real time a spectrum of socioeconomic trends around the world, such as rising levels of unemployment as people search for jobs.
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Cross-border migration and travel have a virtuous relationship, one boosting the other, which brings economic benefits but challenges public policy.
The minimum wage has never been as high on the political agenda as it is today, with politicians and pressure groups across OECD nations calling for substantial increases. But, how are minimum wages set?
What are the consequences of the obesity epidemic for immigrants? Often migrants are healthier than residents of the host country, policymakers should discuss methods to prevent this aspect of immigrant assimilation.
Job insecurity affects both physical and mental health of the employed and unemployed, and the detrimental health effects are multiplied during a recession. This reinforces the need for effective, stabilizing macroeconomic policies.