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.

India’s Reverse Diaspora

Indian immigrants in the West increasingly view Bangalore as a frontier for opportunity
Steven L. Raymer
December 5, 2008

Even Labor Unions Can Gain from Free Trade

Despite dire predictions to the contrary, NAFTA has led to closer bonds between North American unions
Tamara Kay
December 23, 2003

Outrage Over Offshoring Goes Off-Target

Rather than blame China and India, US workers need to sharpen their own competitive edge
Ann All
October 17, 2008

The Future of Migration - Part One

Irresistible forces for another era of mass migration are building
Lant Pritchett
November 5, 2003

The Future of Migration - Part Two

Immovable ideas help prevent migration
Lant Pritchett
November 9, 2003

A Self-Inflicted Wound

US policies for high-skilled immigration fail to meet demands of the 21st century
Jacob F. Kirkegaard
July 1, 2008

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New Birth for Social Democracy

Policies that tackle inequality can minimize conflict
Kemal Derviş
June 12, 2015

HSBC’s Local Rethink Can’t Shore Up Global Act

Investors question the need for global banks
Paul J. Davies
June 10, 2015

Fair Trade for the Global Garment Industry

Consumers, governments could impose costs on brand names that tolerate inhumane conditions
David Welsh
May 22, 2015

The Robots Aren’t Threatening Your Job

Public policies do not anticipate how technology affects the workforce
Catherine Rampell
April 10, 2015

The Curse of Chávez’s Ghost

Maduro administration continues unsustainable government spending
María Elena Candia
March 27, 2015

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