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All geared towards success? Cultural origins of gender gaps in student achievement
Helena Holmlund Helmut Rainer Patrick Reich
Although geographical and temporal variations in gender achievement gaps have received considerable attention, the role of culture in explaining this variation is not well understood. We exploit...
What makes a good caseworker?
How do caseworkers affect job finding and what characterizes a productive caseworker? To answer these questions we exploit variation coming from the fact that many local employment offices in Sw...
Does online search improve the match quality of new hires?
This paper studies the effects of the high-speed internet expansion on the match quality of new hires. We combine data on internet availability at the local level with German individual register...
The effect of negative income shocks on pensioners
Alexander Willén Julian Vedeler Johansen
This paper provides novel evidence on the labor supply response to negative income shocks in retirement, exploiting an institutional feature that caused differential and unexpected income losses...
Employer concentration and wages for specialized workers
This paper studies how wages respond to a sudden change in employer concentration. It exploits a reform that deregulated the Swedish pharmacy market, which until 2009 was a monopoly. The reform ...
Is longer education a substitute for job search through social contacts?
This paper investigates whether longer upper secondary education affects the role of parents in the job finding process. Previous research has shown that less educated workers rely more on conta...
Mandatory integration agreements for unemployed job seekers
Barbara Hofmann Gesine Stephan Arne Uhlendorff Gerard J. van den Berg
Integration Agreement (IA) are contracts between the employment agency and the unemployed, nudging the latter to comply with rules on search behavior. We designed and implemented an RCT involvin...
Swedish children and youth during the COVID-19 pandemic
Based on previous research, available statistics and current information on the COVID-19 pandemic, this report analyses and discusses possible consequences of the ongoing pandemic for Swedish ch...
Who recovers from a job loss? The importance of cognitive and non-cognitive skills
A well-functioning labor market is characterized by job reallocations, but the individual costs can be vast. We examine if individual’s ability to cope with such adjustments depends on the...
Job search during the covid-19 crisis
Lena Hensvik Thomas Le Barbanchon Roland Rathelot
This paper measures the job-search responses to the COVID-19 pandemic using realtime data on vacancy postings and job ad views on Sweden’s largest online job board. First, new vacancy post...