Institute for the Study of Labour (IZA)

Policy report

Policies to expand digital skills for the Machine Age

A new technological epoch is underway – the so-called Machine Age – reflecting advances in artificial intelligence, digitalisation and Big Data. Some commentators have claimed that this epoch is different from previous ones in that it will produce large-scale technological unemployment, while others argue the...
Discussion paper

Is modern technology responsible for jobless recoveries?

Since the early 1990s, recoveries from recessions in the US have been plagued by weak employment growth. One possible explanation for these “jobless” recoveries is rooted in technological change: middle-skill jobs, often involving routine tasks, are lost during recessions, and the displaced workers take time...

New estimates of intergenerational mobility in Australia

Presents new estimates of intergenerational earnings elasticity for Australia. Introduction Economic inequality has been the subject of debate for centuries , with research and analyses spanning from the code of Hammurabi, to the contributions of Plato and Aristotle, St. Thomas Aquinas, J.J. Rou sseau...
Discussion paper

The productivity of working hours

In this discussion paper, bservations on munition workers, most of them women, are organized to examine the relationship between their output and their working hours.
Discussion paper

Can parents’ right to work part-time hurt childbearing-aged women? A natural experiment with administrative data

Using a differences-in-differences approach and controlling for individual unobserved heterogeneity, we evaluate the impact of a 1999 law that granted all workers with children younger than 7 years old protection against a layoff if the worker had previously asked for a work-week reduction due to...