Jobs are the lifeblood for national economies and family budgets. The search for economic opportunity often drives people to move around the globe. The most educated and highly skilled workers are in demand, and immigration policies often reflect that priority. Less skilled would-be immigrants, however, are often subject to tighter restrictions – even in nations where native citizens refuse to take on harvesting, construction, cleaning or other difficult tasks. Advanced technology reduces the need for labor; employers also rely on outsourcing, contract workers and the internet for digital work, including tax preparation, X-ray analysis or graphic design. Nations fiercely compete for jobs while multinational corporations reduce labor costs to increase profits.

Beyond Factory Floor: China’s Plan to Nurture Talent

Determined to hone innovation, China reforms education, invests in talent incubators
Xu Liyan, Qiu Jing
September 10, 2012

7 Reasons to Expect US Manufacturing Resurgence

Lower wages, high productivity – despite disinterest in science – boost US manufacturing
Farok J. Contractor
August 7, 2012

Designing Fair Shares Prosperity in Asia

Asia’s future depends on sustainable investments, prosperity shared by all, not export-led growth
Chandran Nair
May 31, 2012

Can Social Media Campaigns End Child Labor?

Global consumers hold the power to end abuses with informed choice
Humphrey Hawksley
February 10, 2012

Tax Reform May Not Bring US Jobs Back

Rising productivity, not taxes, is behind drop in US manufacturing jobs
David Dapice
February 3, 2012

Foreign Workers Welcome, But No Permanent Residents, Please

Asian nations relying on migrant workers must develop fair policies that respect human rights
Philip Bowring
November 11, 2011

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The Rise of Manufacturing Marks the Fall of Globalization

Robotics could usher in an era of efficient regionalization
Rebecca Keller
June 10, 2016

India’s Education Deficit

Modern workplaces confront a skills mismatch
Nayan Chanda
May 30, 2016

Out of Africa

Climate change adds to desertification, migration, conflicts and extremism
Thomas L. Friedman
April 14, 2016

Nafta May Have Saved Many Autoworkers’ Jobs

Ending NAFTA would help the Chinese auto industry
Eduardo Porter
March 30, 2016

Stay Just a Little Bit Longer

The United States extends the time some international students can stay after graduation
Elizabeth Redden
March 14, 2016

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