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

Stay Just a Little Bit Longer

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

Africa’s Rising Middle Class – And Why It Matters

DIY firms, not multinationals, may be best poised to handle the continent’s diversity
Tom Jackson
February 25, 2016

How Technology Could Unwind a Decade-Long Trend in Global Trade

Robots and automation will shrink supply chains for emerging economies and increase inequality
Luke Kawa
February 24, 2016

Your Job Is About to Get “Taskified”

About one third of US jobs could be organized into tasks for outsourcing, temp work by 2050
Mary L. Gray
February 18, 2016

AI and Robots Threaten to Unleash Mass Unemployment, Scientists Warn

Humans may have more leisure time, but how will they pay for activities and daily necessities?
Clive Cookson
February 16, 2016