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.

Can Corporations Safeguard Labor and Human Rights?

US-backed corporate social responsibility initiatives could help improve conditions in developing countries
Susan Ariel Aaronson
June 24, 2004

Outsourcing Debate - Part II

Challenge of virtual office-space needs long-term solutions, not election year quick-fix
Nayan Chanda
February 27, 2004

Outsourcing Debate - Part III

The losers in globalization must be helped
David Dapice
March 1, 2004

Despite Rhetoric, Offshoring Won’t Stop

A global recession is the time for outsourcing some tasks and reducing costs as well as anxiety
Dinesh C. Sharma
March 9, 2009

Outsourcing Debate - Part I

As businesses move service-sector jobs overseas, the US must re-train its workforce
Rafiq Dossani
February 25, 2004

Moments Before the Union, "Old" Europe Gets Cold Feet

Fear of an avalanche of migration is making the western states nervous about enlarging Europe
Shada Islam
March 3, 2004

Apple “Deeply Offended” by BBC Investigation

Company insists it audits long supply chain
December 23, 2014

10 Insights From a Decade of Measuring the Gender Gap

Inequality in wages, work, leadership lingers for women around the globe
Saadia Zahidi
November 20, 2014

Bangladeshi Workers Organize to Protect Their Most Valuable Export: Themselves

Unions protect workers from exploitation
Tiffany Williams
October 15, 2014

China's Tech Factories Turn to Student Labor

Migrant labor does not head to low-wage factories in Chongqing
Eva Dou
September 30, 2014

Theorist Eric Maskin: Globalization Is Increasing Inequality

The highly skilled may not agree that they are truly the best paid
July 15, 2014