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IZA Journal of Labor Policy and IZA Journal of European Labor Studies have merged and will continue to publish as the IZA Journal of Labor Policy. The archives of published articles for IZA Journal of European Labor Studies will remain available online and are accessible here.


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  1. Content type: Original article

    Since China promulgated new minimum wage regulations in 2004, the frequency and magnitude of changes in minimum wages have been substantial. This paper uses county-level minimum wage data combined with urban h...

    Authors: Tony Fang and Carl Lin

    Citation: IZA Journal of Labor Policy 2015 4:22

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  2. Content type: ORIGINAL ARTICLE

    Employment rates among senior workers (aged 55 or over) in southern Europe are among the lowest in OECD economies. Spain is a paradigmatic example, with high unemployment rates and very low workforce reentry r...

    Authors: J. Ignacio García-Pérez and Alfonso R. Sánchez-Martín

    Citation: IZA Journal of Labor Policy 2015 4:21

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  3. Content type: Original article

    Unemployment swings have distributional consequences if some groups are hit harder than others. We examine if the sensitivity to local unemployment rates varies by characteristics such as health, cognitive abi...

    Authors: Anton Nilsson

    Citation: IZA Journal of Labor Policy 2015 4:19

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  4. Content type: Original article

    Disability insurance (DI) beneficiaries lose part or all of their benefits if earnings exceed certain thresholds (“cash-cliffs”). This implicit taxation is considered the prime reason for the low number of ben...

    Authors: Monika Bütler, Eva Deuchert, Michael Lechner, Stefan Staubli and Petra Thiemann

    Citation: IZA Journal of Labor Policy 2015 4:18

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  5. Content type: ORIGINAL ARTICLE

    In December 2005, the Belgian government adopted the law on the Intergenerational Solidarity Pact (ISP) aimed at increasing the employment rate of older workers. The main policies of the ISP consist of a pensi...

    Authors: Muriel Dejemeppe, Catherine Smith and Bruno Van der Linden

    Citation: IZA Journal of Labor Policy 2015 4:17

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  6. Content type: Original article

    The number of long-term unemployed in Germany has stagnated at around one million for several years. Despite excellent labour market conditions, the long-term unemployment rate is well above the OECD average. ...

    Authors: Alexander Spermann

    Citation: IZA Journal of Labor Policy 2015 4:15

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  7. Content type: Original article

    This paper presents the final economic results of the UK Employment Retention and Advancement (ERA) programme. ERA’s distinctive combination of post-employment advisory support and financial incentives was des...

    Authors: Richard Hendra, James Riccio, Richard Dorsett and Philip K. Robins

    Citation: IZA Journal of Labor Policy 2015 4:14

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  8. Content type: Original article

    This paper examines the role of fiscal policies in the dynamics of the labor market. Through the lenses of Okun’s Law, we assess how fiscal policy instruments as well as fiscal consolidation and expansion epis...

    Authors: Elva Bova, Christina Kolerus and Sampawende J.A. Tapsoba

    Citation: IZA Journal of Labor Policy 2015 4:13

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  9. Content type: Original article

    This paper analyses the main features and determinants of labour market reforms in the EU over the period of 2000–2011 using the European Commission LABREF database. The data suggests that the timing, focus, a...

    Authors: Alessandro Turrini, Gabor Koltay, Fabiana Pierini, Clarisse Goffard and Aron Kiss

    Citation: IZA Journal of Labor Policy 2015 4:12

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  10. Content type: Original article

    Family Rewards represents the first test of a Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) program in the U.S., offering families incentives for children’s education, family preventive health care and parents’ work and tra...

    Authors: Cynthia Miller, James Riccio, Nandita Verma, Stephen Nuñez, Nadine Dechausay and Edith Yang

    Citation: IZA Journal of Labor Policy 2015 4:11

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  11. Content type: Original article

    We evaluate the potential of wage subsidy programs for reducing non-employment of the disabled by exploiting a reform of the Danish Flexjob scheme targeted towards employing the long-term (partially) disabled....

    Authors: Nabanita Datta Gupta, Mona Larsen and Lars Stage Thomsen

    Citation: IZA Journal of Labor Policy 2015 4:10

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  12. Content type: Original article

    Using longitudinal data for Canada, we analyze the incidence and wage returns to employer supported course enrollment for men and women. Availability of confidential data, along with a relatively rich set of o...

    Authors: Wen Ci, Jose Galdo, Marcel Voia and Christopher Worswick

    Citation: IZA Journal of Labor Policy 2015 4:9

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  13. Content type: Original article

    We analyze the effects of an ALMP for disadvantaged workers implemented in a depressed area of Italy. Using propensity-score matching, we find that a) the employment subsidy had a positive effect for participa...

    Authors: Manuela Deidda, Adriana Di Liberto, Marta Foddi and Giovanni Sulis

    Citation: IZA Journal of Labor Policy 2015 4:7

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  14. Content type: ORIGINAL ARTICLE

    Italy has the lowest labor supply of married women among EU countries. Moreover, the participation rate of married women is positively correlated with their husbands’ income. We show that these two features ca...

    Authors: Fabrizio Colonna and Stefania Marcassa

    Citation: IZA Journal of Labor Policy 2015 4:5

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  15. Content type: Original article

    This paper investigates labor supply and redistributive effects of in-work benefits for Italian married couples using a tax-benefit microsimulation model and a multi-sectoral discrete choice model of labor sup...

    Authors: Giuseppe De Luca, Claudio Rossetti and Daniela Vuri

    Citation: IZA Journal of Labor Policy 2014 3:23

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  16. Content type: Original article

    The reduction of early school leaving to less than 10 percent of the relevant population by 2020 is a headline target in the Europe 2020 strategy and one of the five benchmarks of the strategic framework for E...

    Authors: Giorgio Brunello and Maria De Paola

    Citation: IZA Journal of Labor Policy 2014 3:22

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  17. Content type: Original article

    In response to the 2007–09 “Great Recession,” the maximum duration of U.S. unemployment benefits was increased from the normal level of 26 weeks to an unprecedented 99 weeks. I estimate the impact of these ext...

    Authors: Robert G Valletta

    Citation: IZA Journal of Labor Policy 2014 3:18

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    The Erratum to this article has been published in IZA Journal of Labor Policy 2015 4:8

  18. Content type: Original article

    Federal/state vocational rehabilitation (VR) agencies offer services to individuals with disabilities that may help them remain in the labor force and avoid entering Social Security Administration (SSA) disabi...

    Authors: Jody Schimmel Hyde, Todd Honeycutt and David Stapleton

    Citation: IZA Journal of Labor Policy 2014 3:15

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  19. Content type: Original article

    This introduction offers a context for the articles in this thematic series by providing an overview of the programs that provide cash and in-kind supports to people with disabilities in the United States, sum...

    Authors: Gina Livermore, David Wittenburg and David Neumark

    Citation: IZA Journal of Labor Policy 2014 3:14

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  20. Content type: Original article

    This special volume is dedicated to David H. Dean who passed away on August 11th, 2013. This dedication describes David’s impact on the academic research on disability and, most notably, the vital interaction ...

    Authors: Joseph M Ashley, John V Pepper, Kirsten L Rowe, Robert M Schmidt and Steven Stern

    Citation: IZA Journal of Labor Policy 2014 3:13

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  21. Content type: Original article

    This paper reviews international experiences with the implementation of wage subsidies and develops a policy framework to guide their design in developing countries. The evidence suggests that, if the goal is ...

    Authors: Rita Almeida, Larry Orr and David Robalino

    Citation: IZA Journal of Labor Policy 2014 3:12

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  22. Content type: Original article

    We estimate the effects of the vocational rehabilitation (VR) program run by the Canada Pension Plan Disability Program using administrative data. Identification relies on “selection on observed variables” plu...

    Authors: Michele Campolieti, Morley KL Gunderson and Jeffrey A Smith

    Citation: IZA Journal of Labor Policy 2014 3:10

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  23. Content type: Original article

    Over the last 50 years, some important reforms in European countries were aimed at improving the system of vocational studies. By contrast, the Spanish educational law (LOGSE) from 1990 moved in the opposite d...

    Authors: Florentino Felgueroso, Maria Gutiérrez-Domènech and Sergi Jiménez-Martín

    Citation: IZA Journal of Labor Policy 2014 3:9

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  24. Content type: Original article

    Uncertainty and its composition can affect the demand for social insurance, and thereby the labor market. This paper shows that small to medium-sized increases in uncertainty or risk aversion are enough to rec...

    Authors: Casey B Mulligan

    Citation: IZA Journal of Labor Policy 2014 3:8

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  25. Content type: Original article

    We examine the association between the receipt of vocational rehabilitation (VR) services and Federal Disability Insurance using a unique panel data source on persons who applied for assistance from Virginia’s...

    Authors: David Dean, John V Pepper, Robert M Schmidt and Steven Stern

    Citation: IZA Journal of Labor Policy 2014 3:7

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  26. Content type: Original article

    This paper presents results from an impact analysis of the Ticket to Work (TTW) program, as implemented by the Social Security Administration (SSA) from 2002 through 2007. For new, young Social Security Disabi...

    Authors: David Stapleton, Arif Mamun and Jeremy Page

    Citation: IZA Journal of Labor Policy 2014 3:6

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  27. Content type: Original article

    This paper studies theoretically and empirically why and how labor policies may reduce productivity and employment in order to stabilize labor incomes and redistribute resources. It proposes a specific stylize...

    Authors: Giuseppe Bertola

    Citation: IZA Journal of Labor Policy 2014 3:5

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  28. Content type: Original article

    Unsustainable growth in program costs and beneficiaries, together with a growing recognition that even people with severe impairments can work, led to fundamental disability policy reforms in the Netherlands, ...

    Authors: Richard V Burkhauser, Mary C Daly, Duncan McVicar and Roger Wilkins

    Citation: IZA Journal of Labor Policy 2014 3:4

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  29. Content type: Original article

    In this paper we present and analyze the IMF’s labor market recommendations for advanced economies since the beginning of the crisis, both in general and specifically in program countries. Our analysis is info...

    Authors: Olivier J Blanchard, Florence Jaumotte and Prakash Loungani

    Citation: IZA Journal of Labor Policy 2014 3:2

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  30. Content type: Original article

    Disability Insurance waiting time varies from a few months to several years. We estimate the causal effect of longer waiting times on the use of five financial coping strategies. We find that SNAP benefits are...

    Authors: Norma B Coe, Stephan Lindner, Kendrew Wong and April Yanyuan Wu

    Citation: IZA Journal of Labor Policy 2014 3:1

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