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Housing costs have exacerbated income equality in Germany

CReAM Research by Christian Dustmann and co-authors finds that changes in housing expenditures dramatically exacerbated the rise in income inequality in Germany since the mid-1990s. The research was covered on the German press.

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Immigrant and disadvantaged children benefit most from early childcare

Attending universal childcare from age three significantly improves the school readiness of children from immigrant and disadvantaged family backgrounds.

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iNews

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FAZ

VoxEU

 

The Criminal Behaviour of Young Fathers

CReAM Research by Christian Dustmann and  Rasmus Landersø, finds that  very young fathers who have their first child while they are still teenagers subsequently commit less crime if the child is a boy than if it is a girl. This  then has a spill over effect on other young men of a similar age living in the same neighbourhoods as the young father. The research was covered on the British press.

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VoxEU

The Telegraph

The Times

 

BBC 2

"I was quite prepared... to use the cover of the statistician's analysis": Former home secretary David Blunkett and Prof Dustmann on the 2003 report on EU accession

 

Brexit

BBC Three Counties

Christian Dustmann discussing Theresa May's comments on EU workers 'jumping the queue' on BBC Three Counties.

CReAM seminar

CReAM Brown Bag Seminars
Flavio Hafner (Universitat Pompeu Fabra)

'Firms, borders and local labor demand: Employment and population effects of a market integration'

Event date: Tuesday 14th November 2017
Time: 1:00-2:00pm Place: Ricardo LT, Drayton House

How do firms respond to geographic expansions of (labor) markets? The answer to this question is important to understand the consequences of policies that expand the size of local markets, e.g. improvements in transportation infrastructure. The goal of this project is to provide quasi-experimental evidence on firm-level productivity adjustment on both the extensive and intensive margin after an increase in local market size. It assesses the effects of the bilateral treaties between Switzerland and the EU which integrated labor markets across borders and reduced trade costs for some industries on regions along the French-Swiss border.

Preliminary evidence on the aggregate long-run effects of the liberalization shows a large increase in commuting from France to Switzerland. Relative to municipalities further away, population density increased in regions close to the border. This suggests an increase in labor cost to firms in these areas, either to compensate for better outside options or higher congestion costs. Despite this, employment has remained constant and slightly increased for blue-collar workers.