What we’re reading about the social externalities from jobs

Jose Manuel Romero, Kevwe Pela |

Evidence on the effectiveness of vocational and skills training programs has vastly expanded over the last decade, with mixed results.

Patrick Premand, Kevwe Pela |

The world is still grappling with the COVID-19 pandemic’s unprecedented impact on labor markets. In 2022, the global unemployment rate and the global employment-to-population ratio remained 0.5…

Claudia Rodríguez Alas, Mareeha Kamran, David Newhouse, Michael Weber |

Supporting youth to acquire in-demand skills may be more important than ever to address continuously rising inequality. Recent data shows that young people continue to be among the groups most…

Jonathan Stöterau, Kevwe Pela |

The COVID-19 pandemic underscored the essential value of health workers in ensuring a nation’s socio-economic resilience. Estimates by the World Health Organization (WHO) and World Bank, however,…

Namita Datta, Urvashi Chopra, Carla Agustina Froy |

The global number of people forced to flee their homes stands at its highest since the Second World War, and an increasing share of the world’s poor live in economies facing fragility, conflict,…

Jan von der Goltz, Kirsten Schuettler |

Reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions depends on carbon-neutral energy production, and coal is the most emission-intensive energy source.

Luc Christiaensen, Céline Ferré, Tomasz Gajderowicz |

The labor market remains one of the most pressing problems in developing countries today. Too many people are still working in low productivity, insecure jobs.

Ian Walker, Federica Saliola, Dino Merotto |

A decade since one of the most significant sociopolitical movements in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, the frustrations that ignited what came to be called the “Arab Spring” still…

Federica Saliola, Georgiana Pop, Kevwe Pela |

Only about 20 percent of Colombians live in rural areas. Most Colombians prefer to live in the cities, not least because Colombian cities and urban centers generate 92 percent of all formal waged…

Eliana Carranza, Andreas Eberhard-Ruiz, Ana Cardenas |