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Top 5 Most Viewed Jobs Blogs

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The most viewed blog from the past year explored job losses due to COVID-19. The most viewed blog from the past year explored job losses due to COVID-19. Copyright: Shutterstock

As we take a short editorial break for the summer, we looked back at our most viewed blogs on Jobs and Development. From the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on workers to integrating refugees in the labor force to regulating labor markets in developing countries, here are the most viewed blogs from the past year, in order of their popularity.

1. What we’ve been reading about job losses due to COVID-19
28 February 2022

In the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, as massive shutdowns began, some observers predicted that the risk of job loss depended on factors such as an occupation’s amenability to working remotely, or contractions in aggregate demand and downturns in contact-intensive sectors like restaurants and travel. As the crisis has worn on, however, some less anticipated drivers of job losses have been revealed. First, whereas declining labor supply is a big story in rich economies, a new Jobs Group study shows that shocks to labor demand have been the predominant source of job losses in the middle-income economies (MICs) of Georgia and Jordan. Read more: English

2. The challenges of regulating the labor market in developing countries
26 August 2021

Regulating the labor market can be especially contentious. Interventions like job security rules and minimum wages not only highlight ideological differences about the role of government and the social contract between capital and labor, but they directly affect the livelihoods of people. Read more: English | Russian | French | Spanish | Chinese | Arabic

3. These types of workers were most impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic
23 September 2021

There is now clear evidence that the devastating economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic were distributed unequally among workers in many developed countries. Yet, in the developing world, much less is known about what happened to different types of workers in developing countries. How have they fared during the pandemic? Read more: English

4. Lessons from integrating Syrian refugees in the Greek labor market
2 June 2022

The Syrian refugee crisis is now seven years old. During the first couple of years, Turkey and Greece were primarily considered major transit countries due to their geographic location. However, the closure of the Western Balkan route and the EU-Turkey Statement gradually transformed both countries from transit gateways to refugee destinations. With this shift, the focus of the refugee policy response in these countries has also changed, expanding the focus from humanitarian support towards longer-term development solutions. Read more: English

5. How can we generate more good jobs in developing countries?
5 October 2021

How should jobs policies in developing countries respond to the emerging pattern of structural change? “Kuznets’ paradigm” for jobs and structural change no longer holds. Kuznets expected labor to move gradually from informal agriculture into better jobs with higher productivity and wages in well-organized, formal manufacturing and (eventually) services. Read more: English

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