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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.

  • July 10, 2017

    The unhappiness of the US working class

    The US is in crisis. The political divisions are crippling; income and opportunities are as unequally shared as they have ever been; and society is divided in terms of the different lives, hopes, and dreams that the rich and the poor have. The starkest marker of this crisis of societal ill-being is the rising rate of mortality due to premature deaths (suicide, opioids, and alcohol poisoning, among others) primarily among less educated whites. The trend of rising rather than falling mortality rates among an important demographic group is unique to the US among rich countries.

  • June 19, 2017

    Refugee resettlement in the EU

    The need for burden-sharing between destination countries remains a priority but it should be applied in the context of a resettlement program rather than as a response to “spontaneous” arrivals.

  • June 05, 2017

    Public versus private job placement services

    Many countries have chosen to contract out at least part of their placement services to private providers.

  • May 04, 2017

    Environmental regulations and business decisions

    How costly are environmental regulations, and how do their costs compare with their benefits?

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