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.

Limits of Saudi Oil Power

Oil competition, dependence on immigrants, high unemployment put Saudi Arabia at risk
Fahad Nazer
May 30, 2013

The Promise of Africa

Young, vibrant African leadership rises despite many challenges
Ian Shapiro
May 23, 2013

Can Global Supply Chains Be Accountable?

After Dhaka factory collapse, consumers could insist on safe workplaces
Jerry Davis
May 16, 2013

China Targets Greenland for Mining

Countries with mineral wealth can’t expect job bonanza
Will Hickey
April 18, 2013

Experimenting on Good Governance in Latin America

EU Association Agreement aims for trade integration and citizen security in Latin America
Humphrey Hawksley
April 3, 2013

The Choice: More Immigrants or Fewer Citizens?

Nations with declining birthrates could soon be competing for immigrants
Joseph Chamie
March 4, 2013

We Can’t Undo Globalization, But Can Improve It

Job hunters should relocate, and companies could expand export capability
Gary Pinkus, James Manyika and Sree Ramaswamy
January 10, 2017

Rethinking Labor Mobility

Mobility is not simply relocating, and requires new social and psychological mindsets
Harold James
January 4, 2017

A Tale of Two Middle Classes

Rapid development of robots gives middle classes everywhere reason to be nervous
Nayan Chanda
December 20, 2016

Can Trump – or Anyone – Bring Back US Manufacturing?

Manufacturing hits all-time high in 2015, but efficiency reduced the jobs
December 8, 2016