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.

The Lure of Protectionism in Ohio

Shutting the door may be easy, but openness and innovation would be more effective
Susan Froetschel, Morgan Robinson
March 3, 2008

12 Million Shadows: America’s Immigration Dilemma

Demographics, economics, national security leave politicians with little choice but to accept de facto legalization
Joseph Chamie
February 4, 2008

As Immigration Debate Generates Heat, Dust Gathers on a Workable Plan

Immigration, essential for growth, can be managed with the reasoned approach of a 1990s reform plan
Joseph Chamie
December 18, 2007

US Immigration Policy Fritters Away Higher-Education Benefits

Close-minded immigration policy forces many US-educated foreign students to seek other pastures
Hassan Siddiq, Susan Froetschel
October 31, 2007

Globalization With Arab Characteristics

The Arab world must adapt and globalize to placate a young population
Marcus Noland
October 17, 2007

Like Wages for Chocolate

Failing to pay living wages to African farmers growing cocoa risks turning them against the West
Humphrey Hawksley
August 21, 2007

As China’s Workforce Dwindles, World Scrambles for Alternatives

Factories invest in robots and other new technologies
Kathy Chu and Bob Davis
December 15, 2015

Imagine America If Steve Jobs’ Father Was Turned Away Because He Was Syrian

Immigration contributes to US economic success
Nick Hanauer
December 10, 2015

The Long, Uphill Fight to End Restaurant Tipping

International visitors regard the US custom as demeaning and even rude
Peter Moskowitz
October 26, 2015

Matteo Renzi, Scrapper in the Swamp

Reforms are not yet adding jobs for young Italians
Joji Sakurai
October 19, 2015

The Future of Work: The Risks of Industrial Globalization

Workers are consumers
Evangelina Argueta
September 23, 2015