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.

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

Chinese Migration Goes Global

Migrants from the world’s most populous nation influence more than 150 countries
Peter Kwong
July 17, 2007

Flattening World Challenges Imagination

Global climate change intensified by globalization will create new types of jobs, says Thomas Friedman
April 13, 2007

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Global climate change intensified by globalization will create new types of jobs, says Thomas Friedman
April 13, 2007

Why “Fair Trade” Could Backfire for the US

Rather than erect trade barriers, the US must tackle its own bad habits
David Dapice
March 26, 2007

Child Labor: The Cause Can Also be a Cure

In providing jobs for millions of Africans, the globalized chocolate industry must also avoid engaging child labor
Susan Ariel Aaronson
March 13, 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