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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 30, 2018

    Should divorce be cheap and easy?

    What are the short- and long-term consequences for couples and for society of making divorce easier?

  • July 09, 2018

    Income inequality and social origins

    Reducing income inequality within countries is of paramount importance among the challenges facing policymakers in the years to come. The UN has included the reduction of inequality among its Sustainable Development Goals, because promoting growth alone may not be enough to help the poor out of poverty when growth is unevenly distributed across households.

  • June 18, 2018

    Integrating refugees into the labor market

    Better labor market integration of refugees and their families will enhance their further integration, increase revenues to fund welfare programs, and function as a counterweight to popular negative views on immigration and integration.

  • June 04, 2018

    Disability and labor market disadvantage

    Individuals who report a long-term limiting health problem are one of the most disadvantaged groups within the labor market.

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