Also available in: Español  | العربية Starting this month, an estimated 9 million women will be able to get behind the wheel in Saudi Arabia after the historic announcement in September last year…

Katrin Schulz, Nato Kurshitashvili |

Also available in: Español | Français  A $10 million investment can actually create just a couple hundred direct jobs. / Photo: Nugroho Nurdikiawan Sunjoyo / World Bank (Yogyakarta, Indonesia)…

David Robalino |

Minimum wages around the world are most frequently set at around 40 percent of mean salaries. (Photo: Simone D. McCourtie / World Bank) What can labor ministers in the developing world learn from…

Hernan Winkler |

Mexico created over 60, 000 jobs between 1993 to 2000 upgrading the apparel value chain from assembly to direct distribution to customers.  (Photo: Maria Fleischmann / World Bank) As we discussed…

Ruchira Kumar |

  Enforcing labor laws can impact firms' hiring decisions. Photo: Tomislav Georgiev / World Bank "Writing laws is easy, but governing is difficult, " wrote Leo Tolstoy in War and…

Alvaro Gonzalez, Siddharth Sharma, Hari Subhash |

Janine Berg, guest blogger, is a Senior Economist at the International Labour Organization (ILO)   For many developing countries, the existing challenge of informality has been compounded by the…

Janine Berg |

With IDA18, new approaches to operations, new financial instruments, as well as new analytics and tools will help ensure we deliver on the jobs agenda. Photo: © John Hogg/World Bank On December…

Thomas Farole |

In Africa people do have jobs: they are simply too poor not to work.  Instead, the problem is underemployment; typically 90% (or more) of the labor force is in the informal sector such as…

Stephen Golub, Ahmadou Aly Mbaye |

Total factor productivity (TFP) is considered a measure of the current level of technology. Hugo Hopenhayn (Professor of Economics, UCLA) explains how recent studies show the relationship between…

Hugo Hopenhayn, Jobs Group |

In my previous post I showed that Poland has become a country with the highest share of temporary contracts in Europe – now around 26.9% of workers. I argued that this process wasn’t triggered by…

Piotr Lewandowski |