December 18 marks International Migrants' Day. Stories about illegal migration continue to dominate news headlines, and border control has become a key policy issue. Pia Orrenius has written about the effects of border enforcement, asserting that, although this can deter people from entering a country illegally, it can also lead to higher demand for smugglers, riskier crossings, and more migrant deaths. She concludes that such measures should be designed carefully to avoid these unintended consequences.
IZA World of Labor held a panel discussion last month in partnership with the London School of Economics to discuss youth unemployment.
IZA members Samuel Bentolila and Marcel Jansen outline their views
Our authors also gathered at a seminar held in partnership with the OECD to discuss minimum wage setting.
Our editor-in-chief Klaus Zimmermann looks at both sides of the debate
By Sarath Davala, Renana Jhabvala, Guy Standing & Soumya Kapoor Mehta
Would it be possible to provide people with a basic income as a right? The Indian government at national and state levels spends a vast amount on subsidies and selective schemes that are chronically expensive and inefficient. Many believe there is scope for switching at least some of the spending to a modest basic income.
This book explores what would be likely to happen if this were done, drawing on two pilot schemes conducted in the Indian State of Madhya Pradesh.