Activation Programs—Do They Help Young People with Poor Labor Market Prospects Find Work?

In 2008, Sweden introduced a new “activation” program, the Youth Job Guarantee (YJG), to help unemployed youth find jobs though

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Completing an Internship Increases Wages and Probability of Employment

The share of university students completing an internship is as high as 75–80 percent in many countries throughout North America

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How Harshly Should Society Punish Young Lawbreakers?

Do tough prisons deter young offenders from repeating crimes? Crime poses enormous social and economic costs. It is important to

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What Keeps the Poor from “Smoothing” Financial Risk?

From mutual aid cooperatives to burial societies, numerous informal and semiformal institutions exist to help households deal with financial risk.

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Community Eligibility Provision? More Lunches Can Mean Better Math Performance

Historically, family income determined student eligibility for the school meals program—the largest nutritional assistance program for school-aged children in the

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What We Learn from Migration to the Fracking Boom

State-to-state and county-to-county migration is an important way for local economies to recover and adjust after experiencing an unexpected downturn

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Adjunct Teaching Fuels Grade Inflation and Distorts Student Choices

Since the mid-1970s, higher education has increasingly relied on part-time, adjunct faculty. By 2015, 40% of classroom instructors were hired

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Noncompete Agreements—Understanding Implications for Low-Wage Workers

Signing a noncompete agreement (NCA) means workers are not allowed to work for companies that compete with their current employer

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Progressive Vouchers for Low-Income Students?

Eighteen states now have legislation that provides vouchers for students to attend private school, but school vouchers remain controversial. Detractors

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Measuring Skills—Do Our Methods Hold Up in Developing Countries?

Research has shown that cognitive and noncognitive skills play an essential role in success in life, and large investments are

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