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    How Retirement Affects Mental Health, Cognitive Skills and Mortality; An Overview of Recent Empirical Evidence
    van Ours, JC (SPRINGER, 2022-07-29)
    Abstract Retiring is an individual labor market transition that affects the personal life of the workers involved and sometimes the life of their partners. This paper presents an overview of recent studies on the effects of retirement on mental health, cognitive ability and mortality. The results are all over the place but on average it seems like at retirement mental health improves, cognitive skills deteriorate and mortality is not affected. However, there is substantial effect heterogeneity. The range of outcomes is partly related to heterogeneity in terms of personal characteristics, type of job, institutional arrangements, and whether retiring was voluntary or mandatory. The variation in empirical findings makes it hard to see the forest for the trees and advocate evidence-based retirement policies that take health effects into account. Nevertheless, introducing more individual flexibility in the timing of retirement is a worthwhile policy alternative since this seems to be unambiguously beneficial for the health of workers retiring.
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    Racial bias in newspaper ratings of professional football players
    Principe, F ; van Ours, JC (ELSEVIER, 2021-12-13)
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    Mental health effects of same-sex marriage legalization
    Chen, S ; van Ours, JC (WILEY, 2021-10-09)
    Same-sex marriage legalization (SSML) is a typical anti-discrimination policy to remove institutional discrimination against sexual minorities by providing them with marriage equality. We examine how this legalization in the Netherlands affected mental health. Conducting a difference-in-differences analysis with heterosexual individuals as a reference group, we find that SSML significantly improved mental health of sexual minorities and substantially reduced the sexual orientation gap of mental health. The beneficial effects were present for both married and non-married sexual minorities. This phenomenon suggests that part of the health gains were related to mechanisms beyond marriage itself.
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    How sensitive are sports fans to unemployment?
    Reade, JJ ; Van Ours, JC (ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD, 2021-10-07)
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    Quantile Peer Effects of Immigrant Children at Primary Schools
    Ohinata, A ; van Ours, JC (WILEY, 2016-06-01)
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    The contribution of Johan Cruyff to success and stadium attendance at Feyenoord
    van Ours, JC (ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD, 2021-08-18)
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    Dutch Economists Top 40
    Abbring, JH ; Bronnenberg, BJ ; Gautier, PA ; van Ours, JC (SPRINGER, 2014-06-01)
    There is a tradition in the Netherlands to publish an annual ranking of economic and business researchers working in Dutch universities. The most recent such ranking, published in 2013, emphasizes research quantity over research quality. We propose an alternative ranking based on quality. Important information about a researcher’s quality and impact is lost when moulding it to fit a template of numbers. Our ranking is no exception. Nevertheless, we argue and demonstrate that our ranking fits international consensus on research prominence and that the 2013 ranking does not.