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Handelsblatt Economists Ranking

CReAM's Director, Christian Dustmann is ranked #1 on the new Handelsblatt Economists Ranking. The ranking considers more than 3,000 research-intensive economists from German-speaking countries and German-speaking economists abroad.

European Research Council (ERC) Awards

CReAM's Director, Christian Dustmann has been awarded an ERC Advanced grant on The Migration Challenge: Labour Markets, Policy Reforms, and Social Cohesion.

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CReAM's Deputy Director, Uta Schönberg has been awarded an ERC Consolidator grant on Wage Inequality.

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Cutting refugees’ benefits results in more crime and less education

Reducing welfare benefits for refugees and immigrants is largely ineffective for increasing employment and promoting integration, and instead leads to poverty, ‘survival crime’ and less schooling, according to a new study from CReAM's Christian Dustmann and co-authors from the Rockwool Foundation.

This research received very high media attention in Denmark and has resulted in a public hearing (26.03.2019) and a presentation in the Danish Parliament.

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Disadvantaged boys benefit most from early school years

Research by Christian Dustmann and Thomas Cornelissen finds that boys from disadvantaged backgrounds benefit most from early schooling, helping to narrow the skills gap (60-80%) with boys from high socio-economic backgrounds.

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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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Brexit

BBC Three Counties

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

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CReAM - Seminar in Applied Economics

Rebecca Dizon Ross (Chicago Booth)

"Incentivizing Behavioral Change: The Role of Time Preferences"

Event date: Monday 23rd September 2019
Time: 4:00-5:30 Place: Ricardo LT Speaker Room: 113

How should the design of incentives vary with the time preferences of agents? We develop two predictions. First, making the the payment function non-separable ("bundled") over time (e.g., by only rewarding effort in a given period if the agent exerts effort in a minimum number of other periods) works well if agents have high discount rates over future effort. Second, increasing the frequency of payment increases effort if agents have high discount rates over future payment. We test the efficacy of bundling and frequency, and their interactions with time preferences, using a randomized evaluation of an incentives program for exercise among diabetics in India. Making the contract time-bundled meaningfully increases effort among the impatient relative to the patient, but increases outcome dispersion. In contrast, increasing payment frequency has limited efficacy on average because there is limited impatience over payments in our sample. On average, incentives increase daily walking by 1,300 steps (roughly 13 minutes of brisk walking) and improve health.