Research on Strengthening Labor Markets

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Labor markets depend on sound governmental policy to function efficiently, address demographic challenges, and take advantage of the technological opportunities of the 21st century.

Worldwide, the past 50 years have witnessed a sharp increase in female labor force participation, a gradual decline in labor force participation at older ages, ever-increasing numbers of first-generation immigrants, and growing socioeconomic disparities in income and wealth. Understanding these changes and their consequences is central to formulating sound labor policy.

In much of the developing world, governments are striving to establish policies that will address chronic unemployment of youth, strengthen the position of women in the labor market, transition workers from the public to the private sector, and support an aging population.

RAND Labor and Population research provides the foundation for these policy endeavors.

  • RAND Indonesia Data Core

    The RAND Indonesia Data Core is an online digital library of Indonesian data surveys and documentation with Indonesian originals and English translations. Surveys cover socieconomic status, the labor force, small and large businesses, households, and urban and rural prices.

  • Longitudinal Survey Explores Indonesian Family Life

    The Indonesian Family Life Survey is an ongoing, longitudinal survey begun in 1993 that represents about 83% of the Indonesian population and includes over 30,000 individuals living in 13 of the country's 27 provinces.