Labor Policy

Demonstrators with CASA in Action and Service Employees International Union 32BJ march against the Trump administration’s immigration policies in Washington on May 1, 2017.

Unionization Can End America’s Supply Chain Crisis

Allowing workers to organize would protect and empower undocumented immigrants critical to the U.S. economy.

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Why Aren’t There More Women Economists at the United Nations?

Female economists are rising to the top—everywhere but the U.N.

A visitor uses a virtual reality headset during the “Laval Virtual” virtual reality, augmented reality, and 3D technology show in Laval, France, on April 6, 2018.

It Is Western Europe’s Turn for a Brain Drain

Knowledge-sector jobs are heading to Eastern Europe, and the consequences could remake the EU.

Migrant domestic workers carry placards during a protest to abolish the kafala system in Beirut on May 5, 2019.

Why Lebanon Can’t Kick Its Addiction to Indentured Labor

The country is almost bankrupt, but it still forks out on migrant workers under the heavily criticized kafala system.

Production line at a GlaxoSmithKline factory involved in the manufacture of COVID-19 vaccines in Saint-Amand-les-Eaux in northern France on Dec. 3, 2020.

America’s Supply Chains Are Foreign Policy Now

Why the push to bring home manufacturing won’t work—and what Biden should do instead.

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Who Wants to Be a Thousandaire?

Spain’s “mileurista” generation is a portent of things to come for the global economy.

French President Emmanuel Macron hugs Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi before their meeting at the Chateau of Chantilly, near Paris, on Aug. 22, 2019.

Why France Has a Much Better India Strategy Than America

France’s state-centered development model is a natural fit for the Indo-Pacific.

People hold signs during a rally in support of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program in San Diego on June 18, 2020.

Let’s Not Blow This Chance to Fix Immigration

Biden’s reform plan is laudable. But it repeats the battles of the Obama years.

Security cameras with artificial intelligence facial recognition technology at the China International Exhibition on Public Safety and Security in Beijing on Oct. 24, 2018.

Note to Biden: Forget Trade, the Real War With China Is Over Tech

Just like Trump, Biden is stuck in the last century if he believes globalization is about trade and rust-belt manufacturing jobs.

A worker presents a domestically developed chip at the stand of China Electronics Technology Group Corp. during the China International Semiconductor Expo in Shanghai on Oct. 14.

U.S. Plan to Save Semiconductors Misses the Mark, Defense Firms Say

Companies that make microelectronics for the Pentagon argue that the current bill could maintain U.S. defense dependency on China rather than fix it.

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Emerging Stronger From the Great Lockdown

The managing director and the chief economist of the International Monetary Fund lay out a strategy for sustained recovery.

A protest asking Florida to fix its unemployment system

The Time for America to Embrace Industrial Policy Has Arrived

The United States has always helped some parts of the economy at the expense of others. It’s time to get it right.

A guard patrols Poland's border with Ukraine.

Poland Needs Migrant Workers. The Pandemic Has Kept Them Away.

Despite the government’s anti-immigration rhetoric, many Polish businesses rely on workers from other parts of Eastern Europe.

Google employees stage a walkout at the company's U.K. headquarters in London on Nov. 1, 2018 over the company's handling of sexual harassment.

Foreign Worker Visas Are the Tech Industry’s Dirty Secret

Trump’s suspension of visas will only prolong the recession. Here’s how to reform them instead.

Employees eating lunch at a Dongfeng Honda auto plant in Wuhan, China, shortly after returning to work, on March 23.

As Economies Reopen, It’s the Law of the Jungle for Workers

Governments and companies are returning to business at many different speeds. All worry that something might go wrong.

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