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.

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

India’s Reverse Diaspora

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

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

It’s Just a Stealth Reform

Subsidies to encourage labor reforms won’t protect India’s textile industry from onslaught of automation trends
Nayan Chanda
July 25, 2016

Brexit: Boon or Bane

The British decision suggests that nations will struggle to cooperate on pressing global challenges
Nayan Chanda
July 11, 2016

Sweating in the Park or in the Factory: Beyoncé’s New Sports Wear Company and Respect for Human Rights

Celebrities can use clothing lines to combat abusive labor practices
Aleydis Nissen
July 6, 2016

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