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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

    In this study we assess the impact of the Working Income Tax Benefit (WITB) on labour supply, GDP and income distribution in Canada, using a general equilibrium microsimulation model. We also estimate labour s...

    Authors: Nabil Annabi, Youssef Boudribila and Simon Harvey

    Citation: IZA Journal of Labor Policy 2013 2:19

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  2. Content type: Original article

    Informality, measured as the share of the employed who do not have access to social security, is high in Lebanon and the Syrian Arab Republic. This paper uses new data from the 2010 Lebanon and Syria matched e...

    Authors: Mohamad Alloush, Carole Chartouni, Roberta Gatti and Joana Silva

    Citation: IZA Journal of Labor Policy 2013 2:18

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  3. Content type: Original article

    This review discusses empirical studies on hiring subsidies in the private sector and on schemes directly providing usually public or non-profit sector jobs for the unemployed in Germany. An important effect o...

    Authors: Joachim Wolff and Gesine Stephan

    Citation: IZA Journal of Labor Policy 2013 2:16

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  4. Content type: Original article

    In the United States, approximately 20% of employed mothers with children under 5 use grandparents as their primary source of childcare. Using the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth 1979 (NLSY79), we invest...

    Authors: Josefina Posadas and Marian Vidal-Fernandez

    Citation: IZA Journal of Labor Policy 2013 2:14

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  5. Content type: Original article

    Several middle income countries are considering reforms to their severance pay regulations to both increase flexibility for firms and better protect workers. Policy discussions then often revolve around whethe...

    Authors: David A Robalino and Michael Weber

    Citation: IZA Journal of Labor Policy 2013 2:12

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  6. Content type: Original article

    We study the transitions from career to gradual and permanent retirement by a sample of (Continental) European males aged 55 to 70 in the late 2000s. We find that only 14.6% of the workers in this sample moved...

    Authors: Giorgio Brunello and Monica Langella

    Citation: IZA Journal of Labor Policy 2013 2:11

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  7. Content type: Original article

    The global financial crisis deeply impacted labour markets around the globe. In the case of the United States, some commentators have argued that the subsequent rise in unemployment exceeded previous estimates...

    Authors: Sandrine Cazes, Sher Verick and Fares Al Hussami

    Citation: IZA Journal of Labor Policy 2013 2:10

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  8. Content type: Original article

    Using CPS data from 1979–2009 we examine how cyclical downturns and industry-specific demand shocks affect wage differentials between white non-Hispanic men and women, Hispanics and non-Hispanic whites, and Af...

    Authors: Jeff E Biddle and Daniel S Hamermesh

    Citation: IZA Journal of Labor Policy 2013 2:7

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  9. Content type: Original article

    There has been a strong interest in short-time work (STW) schemes during the global financial crisis. Using data for 23 OECD countries for the period 2004 Q1 to 2010 Q4, this paper analyses the quantitative ef...

    Authors: Alexander Hijzen and Sebastien Martin

    Citation: IZA Journal of Labor Policy 2013 2:5

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  10. Content type: Original article

    This lecture argues that mental health is a major factor of production. It is the biggest single influence on life satisfaction, with mental health eight years earlier a more powerful explanatory factor than c...

    Authors: Richard Layard

    Citation: IZA Journal of Labor Policy 2013 2:2

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  11. Content type: Original article

    The paper analyzes key labor market and institutional features of developing countries that affect functioning of unemployment insurance: a large informal sector, weak administrative capacity, and large politi...

    Authors: Milan Vodopivec

    Citation: IZA Journal of Labor Policy 2013 2:1

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  12. Content type: Original article

    We provide updated evidence on the effects of living wage laws in U.S. cities, relative to the earlier research covering only the first six or seven years of existence of these laws. There are some challenges ...

    Authors: David Neumark, Matthew Thompson and Leslie Koyle

    Citation: IZA Journal of Labor Policy 2012 1:11

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  13. Content type: Original article

    While there is a fairly broad consensus regarding the potential adverse effects of generous unemployment benefit insurance on steady-state employment, the short-term effects of benefit reforms are not well-est...

    Authors: Romain Bouis, Orsetta Causa, Lilas Demmou and Romain Duval

    Citation: IZA Journal of Labor Policy 2012 1:12

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  14. Content type: Original article

    The way age-specific unemployment rates fluctuate over the business cycle differs significantly across countries. This paper examines the effect of labor-market institutions on the fluctuations of age-specific...

    Authors: Daiji Kawaguchi and Tetsushi Murao

    Citation: IZA Journal of Labor Policy 2012 1:10

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  15. Content type: Original article

    A major labour market challenge following the Great Recession is to avoid an increase in long-term unemployment and thus the structural unemployment rate. Active labour market policies may play an important ro...

    Authors: Torben M Andersen and Michael Svarer

    Citation: IZA Journal of Labor Policy 2012 1:7

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  16. Content type: Original article

    The paper argues that a comprehensive activation strategy is called for – in both unemployment and disability insurance – to minimize the conflict between income insurance and work incentives and to prevent the e...

    Authors: Knut Røed

    Citation: IZA Journal of Labor Policy 2012 1:8

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  17. Content type: Original article

    Labor market policies succeed or fail at least in part depending on how well they reflect or account for behavioral responses. Insights from behavioral economics, which allow for realistic deviations from stan...

    Authors: Linda Babcock, William J Congdon, Lawrence F Katz and Sendhil Mullainathan

    Citation: IZA Journal of Labor Policy 2012 1:2

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