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New entrepreneurs 

In my view, and especially given the relatively large share of newcomers to Germany, support for immigrant self-employment is extremely important. As this article points out, it is particularly needed in Germany where entrepreneurship levels are low and where a lot of the newcomers lack language skills. Immigrants self employed help themselves and create jobs for other. … Continue reading New entrepreneurs 

Refugees in Germany

Gender bias is a very important aspect. According to BAMF numbers up to Dec 2015 , taking only people that may be now or soon looking for a partner. Even looking at people ages 16-30 only, BAMF data (which are conservative, just above 400k altogether) identify at least 113,000 “missing girls/women” (difference between men and women … Continue reading Refugees in Germany

Wrapping up some information on the access to the German labour market for asylum seekers

In the last few months, the number of asylum seekers arriving in Germany has increased. While one hears about it every day in the media, the focus, quite understandably, is on the more urgent matters. However, I think that it is very important to made sure that people in Germany think about the future of these … Continue reading Wrapping up some information on the access to the German labour market for asylum seekers

(Not so) Significant

Something only for the other economists out there… Econometricians and economists run regressions, and that is a lot of what we do. When a coefficient has a p value of less than 0.10 we are a bit happy, very happy only if less than 0.05. Now, all of us are guilty of the same sin. … Continue reading (Not so) Significant