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    If we want to create jobs in local areas, the idea of ‘local’ needs to be revisited

If we want to create jobs in local areas, the idea of ‘local’ needs to be revisited

Place-based policies that target disadvantaged areas are widespread in both high-income and developing countries. Their impact depends crucially on the effective size of local labour markets. If labour markets are very local, an effective intervention needs to be targeted to the disadvantaged areas themselves and more distant interventions will not benefit the target group. If labour markets are not […]

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    How the rise of the service sector boosted the demand for women workers

How the rise of the service sector boosted the demand for women workers

The rise in female participation in the workforce has been one of the most remarkable changes in the labour markets of high-income countries since World War 2. In the U.S, for example, the employment rate of women has more than doubled from about 35 per cent in 1945 to 77 per cent at the end of the 20th century, […]

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    New immigrants don’t affect the job prospects of UK-born workers

New immigrants don’t affect the job prospects of UK-born workers

Barista smiling at counter, by mendhak, under a CC-BY-SA-2.0 licence
Membership of the European Union (EU) has direct effects on the UK labour market via the free movement of labour and the contribution of immigration to GDP, the fiscal budget and productivity. It also has indirect effects via the impact of trade flows and foreign direct investment on aggregate economic activity.
But […]