Serbia Functional Review: Efficiency Analysis of the National Employment Service

by Koettl, Johannes, Schnabl, Alexander, Hofer, Helmut, Lappöhn, Sarah, Pohl, Alina, Zenz, Hannes
January, 2017

Introduction; Technical Approach and Methodology; Results; Executive Summary; Details for individual branch offices; Literature

Effectively Maintained Inequality in Educational Transitions in the Republic of Ireland

by Delma Byrne , Selina McCoy
January, 2017

While it is well established that the structure and organization of the education system affects youth transitions, less attention has been paid to the study of qualitative distinctions at the same level of education over time in the Irish context. Using data from the School Leavers’ Survey over the period 1980-2006, this paper considers the … Continued

The effect of financial development on economic growth: a meta-analysis

by Michiel Bijlsma, Clemens Kool, Marielle Non
January, 2017

The financial crisis has renewed interest in the finance-growth relationship. We analyze the empirical literature and find a moderate positive but decreasing effect of finance on growth. Empirical studies on the finance-growth relationship show a wide range of estimated effects. We perform a meta-analysis on in total 551 estimates from 68 empirical studies that take … Continued

Early Skill Formation and the Efficiency of Parental Investment

by  Orla Doyle , Colm Harmon , James Heckman , Caitríona Logue , Seong Hyeok Moon
January, 2017

This Research Bulletin summaries key findings from a study on the early effects of the Preparing for Life home visiting programme.

Social Benefits, Minimum income and Basic income: Federal Province of Upper Austria curtails minimum income benefits for refugees.

by Marcel Fink
January, 2017

Starting from 1 July 2016, minimum income benefits got substantially reduced for beneficiaries of subsidiary protection and for persons granted temporary political asylum in the Federal Province of Upper Austria. This decision was taken irrespective of doubts about its constitutionality and conformity with international law, and irrespective of a general nationwide debate on a possible … Continued

Introduction of compulsory education and training up to the age of 18 in Austria

by Marcel Fink
January, 2017

In Austria, compulsory schooling ends at the age of 15. Yet, a reform which came into force in June 2016 introduces compulsory education and training up to the age of 18. The objective of the reform is to prevent young people from achieving only very low levels of education, which often results in poor job … Continued