The empirical literature documenting the impact of labor market regulation on employment in middle- and upper-income countries is extensive and long-standing. What little data there is for low-income countries suggests regulations have a negative effect on formal employment.
Research on Strengthening Labor Markets
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.
Connecting Veterans and EmployersFebruary 27, 2015
This brief summarizes a report on lessons from experiences of businesses that attract, employ, and retain veterans. It provides recommendations to help employers and federal agencies increase veteran employment opportunities.
Labor Supply Estimation Biases from Disregarding Non-Wage BenefitsFebruary 26, 2015
Develops and estimates a stochastic dynamic model of occupational and job choice, where non-wage benefits are directly incorporated into the decision alongside wages.
Does Delay Cause Decay? The Effect of Administrative Decision Time on the Labor Force Participation and Earnings of Disability ApplicantsFebruary 25, 2015
Measures the causal effect of time out of the labor force on subsequent employment of Social Security Disability Insurance applicants and distinguishes it from the discouragement effect of receiving disability benefits.
Exploits a combination of policy variation from multiple pension reforms in Austria and administrative data from the Austrian Social Security Database.
This review highlights the state of knowledge about the conditions, competencies, and incentives needed for labor inspectors in developing countries to successfully carry out their work.