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IZA World of Labor is a global, freely available online resource that provides policymakers, academics, journalists, and researchers, with clear, concise and evidence-based knowledge on labor economics issues worldwide. The site offers relevant and succinctly information on topics including diversity, migration, minimum wage, youth unemployment, employment protection, development, education, gender balance, labor mobility and flexibility among others - for information by topic see our Key Topics pages. The concise article format with easy-to-find recommendations provides journalists with the information they need for quick research.

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  • November 09, 2017

    NEW REPORT: Increasing the availability of high-quality jobs helps to reduce the reoffending rate among released prisoners

    A new IZA World of Labor report finds it is the quality of available jobs for released prisoners that matters: Improvements in wages for the low-skilled and growth in industries characterized by higher wages for low-skilled workers can reduce the reoffending rate.
    A new IZA World of Labor report finds it is the quality of available jobs for released prisoners that matters: Improvements in wages for the low-skilled and growth in industries characterized by higher wages for low-skilled workers can reduce the reoffending rate.
  • November 07, 2017

    OPINION PIECE: When it comes to reducing the reoffending rate of released prisoners it is the quality of available jobs that matters

    According to the Ministry of Justice the proven reoffending rate for released prisoners in the UK was 24.8% from October 2014 to September 2015. For juvenile offenders the rate lay much higher at 37.8%. In the US a similar study found that within three years of release, about two-thirds (67.8%) of released prisoners were rearrested. This coming Thursday IZA World of Labor will be publishing a new report by the economist Kevin Schnepel of the School of Economics at the University of Sydney looking at recent empirical research that measures the impact of employment opportunities on recidivism.
    According to the Ministry of Justice the proven reoffending rate for released prisoners in the UK was 24.8% from October 2014 to September 2015. For juvenile offenders the rate lay much higher at 37.8%. In the US a similar study found that within three years of release, about two-thirds (67.8%) of released prisoners were rearrested. This coming Thursday IZA World of Labor will be publishing a new report by the economist Kevin Schnepel of the School of Economics at the University of Sydney looking at recent empirical research that measures the impact of employment opportunities on recidivism.
  • November 02, 2017

    NEW REPORT: The positive effect of digital payments on entrepreneurs

    An IZA World of Labor report finds that the switch to digital payments often increases an entrepreneur’s profitability by making financial transactions with customers, suppliers, and the government more convenient, safer, and cheaper.
    An IZA World of Labor report finds that the switch to digital payments often increases an entrepreneur’s profitability by making financial transactions with customers, suppliers, and the government more convenient, safer, and cheaper.
  • October 26, 2017

    NEW REPORT: The value of incorporating genetic data in the design of public policy

    A timely new IZA World of Labor report publishing today finds that significant benefits to the understanding of socio-economic outcomes and the design of both social and education policy may be gained by effectively and safely utilizing genetic data.
    A timely new IZA World of Labor report publishing today finds that significant benefits to the understanding of socio-economic outcomes and the design of both social and education policy may be gained by effectively and safely utilizing genetic data.
  • October 17, 2017

    OPINION PIECE: An increase of the minimum wage needs to be accompanied by complementary policies to be an effective tool for poverty reduction

    A number of developing countries, among them Malaysia, Zambia and Cambodia, have recently raised or announced a revised minimum wage rate. A new opinion piece now published on IZA World of Labor in time for the UN International Day for the Eradication of Poverty on October 17 argues that increasing the minimum wage alone will only have a modest impact on poverty. In order to be an effective tool in reducing poverty raising the minimum wage needs to be part of a comprehensive poverty reduction package.
    A number of developing countries, among them Malaysia, Zambia and Cambodia, have recently raised or announced a revised minimum wage rate. A new opinion piece now published on IZA World of Labor in time for the UN International Day for the Eradication of Poverty on October 17 argues that increasing the minimum wage alone will only have a modest impact on poverty. In order to be an effective tool in reducing poverty raising the minimum wage needs to be part of a comprehensive poverty reduction package.
  • October 01, 2017

    At a Glance: Pensions, retirement, and late-life working

    People are living longer than ever before; they are also working longer as governments extend state pension ages to reflect society. According to the UN, global life expectancy is expected to reach 81 by the end of the century. In 2050, for the first time in human history, there will be more persons over 60 than children in the world. Ahead of International Older Persons' Day, get an overview of the important issues impacting older people in the labor market.
    People are living longer than ever before; they are also working longer as governments extend state pension ages to reflect society. According to the UN, global life expectancy is expected to reach 81 by the end of the century. In 2050, for the first time in human history, there will be more persons over 60 than children in the world. Ahead of International Older Persons' Day, get an overview of the important issues impacting older people in the labor market.
  • September 28, 2017

    NEW REPORT: The labor market in Japan, 2000–2016: A role model for aging societies across the globe.

    A new IZA World of Labor report looking at developments in the labor market in Japan since 2000 finds that despite a plummeting working-age population, Japan has sustained its labor force size, thanks to surging employment among women
    A new IZA World of Labor report looking at developments in the labor market in Japan since 2000 finds that despite a plummeting working-age population, Japan has sustained its labor force size, thanks to surging employment among women
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