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Opinions

IZA World of Labor articles provide concise, evidence-based analysis of policy-relevant topics in labor economics. We recognize that the articles will prompt discussion and possibly controversy. Opinion articles will capture these ideas and debates concisely, and anchor them with real-world examples. Opinions stated here do not necessarily reflect those of the IZA.

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  • 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.

  • October 16, 2017

    Does increasing the minimum wage reduce poverty in developing countries?

    Increasing the minimum wage can be part of a comprehensive poverty-reduction package in developing countries but should not be the only, or even the main, tool to reduce poverty.

  • October 02, 2017

    Wage subsidies may not help to increase employment among older workers

    As populations age in industrialized countries, the labor market participation of older workers becomes increasingly important—not only in order to safeguard the financing of public pension systems, but also to maintain a sufficiently large workforce. Over the last two decades, employment rates among the population aged 50 and above have increased in most industrialized countries. This has mostly been due to longer employment relationships. But it remains particularly difficult to integrate older workers back into work once they have moved into unemployment.

  • September 18, 2017

    Labor market issues in the German election

    This Sunday Germany goes to the polls to elect a new government. The two main political parties are the Christian Democratic Union and the Social Democratic Party. However, the Eurosceptic and populist party Alternative for Germany, has grown in popularity and currently polls 11% of the vote. Whilst Germany is Europe’s largest economy and has low unemployment, its labor market policy is far from simple.

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