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Baby Boomer Women in US – Too Much Fun to Retire

Kay Abramowitz has been working, with a few breaks, since she was 14. Now 76, she is a partner in a law firm in Portland, Ore. — with no intention of stopping anytime soon. “Retirement or death is always on the horizon, but I have no plans,” she said. “I’m actually having way too much … Continue reading

US – SAT test and racial inequalities

The SAT provides a measure of academic inequality at the end of secondary schooling. Moreover, insofar as SAT scores predict student success in college, inequalities in the SAT score distribution reflect and reinforce racial inequalities across generations. In this paper, we analyze racial differences in the math section of the general SAT test, using publicly available … Continue reading

The three-fold effects of technology and globalization on labor markets

The effects of technology—especially digital innovation—and globalization on labor markets are three-fold. The first effect is disruption as jobs relocate to take advantage of lower costs, evolve to entail different tasks, or undergo wholesale change with the elimination of old jobs and the emergence of new ones. Disruption is a permanent feature of any dynamic … Continue reading

Education and Training – The digital disruption is pervasive

With the compound annual growth rate of education and training expenditure projected at 7 to 9 percent globally over the next few years, and with only 2 percent of overall education spend designated as digital, private companies have invested an estimated $4.5 billion in education-technology companies in 2015. In response to massive demand for more … Continue reading

US – Millennials are taking over the workplace (Infographic)

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Are workers ready for a digital world?

In an increasingly digital world where the skill needs of employers are continuously evolving, policy makers need to make sure that everyone can participate and learn new skills. Recent technological change has shifted skill demands predominantly towards high- level skills. Workers need to be prepared to change jobs over their working life while avoiding unemployment … Continue reading

Refugees in the US – 84,995 admitted in 2016

The U.S. admitted 84,995 refugees in the fiscal year ending in September 2016, the most in any year during the Obama administration. An additional 31,143 refugees have been admitted to the U.S. from Oct. 1 through Jan. 24, including more than 1,136 refugee admissions since Trump became president on Jan. 20. Though refugee admissions would … Continue reading

Healthcare Jobs – How hiring language reinforces “pink collar” jobs

The way we write about healthcare jobs is leading to a shortage of labor in the industry. In general, listings for pink-collar jobs are more feminine in tone. The roles seen as most suited to women and their characteristics are full of words and phrases that statistically attract more women. This reveals an opportunity for employers … Continue reading

Growth and Employment – The challenges for the coming years

Growth continues to disappoint, both in terms of its level but also in terms of its ability to make important inroads to making growth more inclusive. The ILO’s World Employment and Social Outlook – Trends 2017 highlights the challenges for the coming year in jobs and the labour market.    

Labor Force Participation in US – The CBO’s projections: a drop of 3.7 percentage points over 30 years

What Are CBO’s Current Projections of Labor Force Participation? CBO projects that the rate of labor force participation (that is, the number of people who are either working or seeking work as a share of the civilian noninstitutionalized population age 16 or older) will decline from 62.8 percent in 2017 to 61.0 percent in 2027 and … Continue reading

Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Jobs – Far from killing the jobs of knowledge workers, this tends to free them up to do what they are paid for

“Knowledge work, for the first time, can be produced at volume from NLG-AI systems,” Gould says. “Far from killing the jobs of knowledge workers, this tends to free them up to do what they are paid to do—innovate, model, refine, and improve on the expertise of their business.” “Far from killing the jobs of knowledge … Continue reading

NEET (Neither in Employment nor in Education or Training) – An indicator that is widely misunderstood and therefore misinterpreted

The share of youth which are neither in employment nor in education or training in the youth population (the so-called “NEET rate”) is a relatively new indicator, but one that is given increasing importance by international organizations and the media. The popularity of the “NEET” concept is associated with its assumed potential to address a … Continue reading

LinkedIn – The Global Top Skills

The Global Top Skills of 2016 list reveals several trends about the global job market: Demand for marketers is slowing: While marketing skills like marketing campaign management, SEO/SEM, and channel marketing were in high demand in 2015, things have changed. This year, SEO/SEM dropped five spots from #4 to #9 and marketing campaign management dropped … Continue reading

The “American Dream” – Children’s prospects of earning more than their parents have fallen from 90% to 50% over the past half century

Children’s prospects of achieving the “American Dream” of earning more than their parents have fallen from 90% to 50% over the past half century. This decline has occurred throughout the parental income distribution, for children from both low and high income families, as shown in the chart below.   Most of the decline is due … Continue reading

Immigration – More efficient integration could generate an additional boost of $800 billion to $1 trillion worldwide

Realizing the benefits of immigration hinges on how well new arrivals are integrated into their destination country’s labor market and into society. Today immigrants tend to earn 20 to 30 percent less than native-born workers. But if countries narrow that wage gap to just 5 to 10 percent by integrating immigrants more effectively across various … Continue reading

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