Alessio J. G. Brown

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Alessio J.G. Brown acted as IZA Director of Strategy and Research Management from March 2014 until February 2016. During this period he worked - among other tasks - intensively on organizational and strategic issues with respect to the IZA Journal Series and IZA World of Labor. Before joining IZA he was Senior Research Economist at the Kiel Institute for the World Economy. Since March 2016 Alessio Brown has been Co-Director of the new Centre for Population, Development and Labour Economics (POP) at UNU-MERIT, Maastricht University and Managing Editor of the Journal of Population Economics.



IZA Discussion Paper No. 8252
published in: Economics Letters, 2014, 124 (3), 389–391.

This paper sheds new light on the effects of the minimum wage on employment from a two-sided theoretical perspective, in which firms' job offer and workers' job acceptance decisions are disentangled. Minimum wages reduce job offer incentives and increase job acceptance incentives. We show that sufficiently low minimum wages may...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 6880
published in: IZA Journal of Labor Economics, 2015, 4:12

This paper provides a new perspective by classifying active labor market programs (ALMPs) depending on their main objectives and their relevance and cost-effectiveness during normal times, during a crisis, and during recovery. We distinguish ALMPs that provide: (i) incentives for retaining employment, (ii) incentives for creating employment, (iii) incentives for...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 4145
published in: Macroeconomic Dynamics, 2015, 19 (3), 643-668

This paper presents a theory explaining the labor market matching process through microeconomic incentives. There are heterogeneous variations in the characteristics of workers and jobs, and firms face adjustment costs in responding to these variations. Matches and separations are described through firms' job offer and firing decisions and workers' job...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 2835
revised version published in: Labour Economics, 2011, 18 (2), 168-179

This paper analyses theoretically and empirically how employment subsidies should be targeted. We contrast measures involving targeting workers with low incomes/abilities and targeting the unemployed under the criteria of "approximate welfare efficiency" (AWE). Thereby we can identify policies that (a) improve employment and welfare, (b) do not raise earnings inequality...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 2105
published in: European Journal of Political Economy, 2008, 24 (3), 587-604

We explore the far-reaching implications of replacing current unemployment benefit (UB) systems by an unemployment accounts (UA) system. Under the UA system, employed people are required to make ongoing contributions to their UAs and the balances in these accounts are available to them during periods of unemployment. The government is...