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.

India’s Reverse Diaspora

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

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

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

Despite Fears, Mexico's Manufacturing Boom Lifts US Workers

US multinationals hire an extra 250 US workers for every 100 hired in Mexico
Natalie Kitroeff
September 2, 2016

Chronic Problems, Not Just Crises, Should Be a Global Health Priority

One report suggests that poor vision alone costs the global economy $3 trillion per year
James Chen
September 1, 2016

Two Faces of Global Trade

Globalization leads to both fierce competition that threatens jobs and innovation that creates them
Nayan Chanda
August 30, 2016

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