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.
Preparing Workers for a Global Economy
The demand for educated, versatile workers who can interpret complex information and adapt to technological innovation is high. RAND Labor and Population pursues research that helps individuals, organizations, and governments understand how workers—at home or abroad, new to the workforce or at retirement—can remain engaged and productive.
Rethinking Indonesia's Informal SectorSeptember 2, 2015
Reviews competing theories about the causes of informality in developing countries and uses new data to determine the reasons for informality in Indonesia.
The Fair Labor Standards Act: Worker Misclassification and the Hours and Earnings Effects of Expanded CoverageAugust 28, 2015
Using data from the RAND American Life Panel, this paper quantifies the frequency that employers violate the U.S. Fair Labor Standards Act's overtime rules.
This report provides a special focus on the challenges youth face in employment and education in Mongolia, using a new survey developed by the Institute for Labour Studies and RAND. Understanding the constraints to youth job-market success is critical to Mongolia's economic future. The analysis showed relatively high rates of youth not in school or work, and challenges to job-market preparation, but also improvement in job-market outcomes.
Job Insecurity, Unemployment Insurance and On-the-Job Search: Evidence from Older American WorkersAugust 20, 2015
Uses the Health and Retirement Study to determine how job insecurity and unemployment insurance can affect the relationship between job insecurity and job search.
Disability Insurance and the Great RecessionJune 19, 2015
We estimate the effect of labor market conditions, as measured by the unemployment rate, on the number of SSDI applications, the number and composition of initial allowances and denials, and the timing of applications relative to disability onset.