Labor Markets and Skills

The most important policy to boost economic opportunity is one that focuses on shifting the occupational mix toward fewer low-wage jobs and more middle-wage ones.
Labor Markets and Skills
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September 2, 2016
College diplomas represent institutional brands, not objective or quantifiable measures of academic achievement, writes Joe Kennedy in the Philadelphia Inquirer.
August 26, 2016
When a country doubles the number of universities, it leads to an average of 4 percent higher GDP over the long-run, writes John Wu in Innovation Files.
August 19, 2016
Taking more science classes in secondary school increases the student’s probability of enrolling in a university STEM program by 1.5 percentage points, writes John Wu in Innovation Files.
August 1, 2016
Creating alternatives to traditional degrees would let students pursue their best options for learning and apply competitive pressure on colleges and universities to improve quality and reduce the costs of education.
June 21, 2016
Please join ITIF to discuss a new report arguing that the common law-based distinction between employees and independent contractor no longer serves workers or companies well and should be updated.
June 20, 2016
The prevailing narrative is that U.S. workers have never been less secure, facing a high threat of job loss. In fact, job security is at an all-time high. The mismatch between perception and reality risks stirring opposition to globalization and technological innovation.
May 31, 2016
Despite surging demand, computer science education is only just beginning to gain traction in U.S. school systems. Policymakers should expand access to rigorous, high-quality courses in both high school and college.
May 26, 2016
Labor law fails to help a growing number of workers, including those in the growing gig sector, said Joe Kennedy in Morning Consult. Congress should either fix it, amend it, or suspend it.
May 24, 2016
The distinction between employees and independent contractors is discouraging companies from offering gig economy workers important support.
May 17, 2016
Please join ITIF and the bipartisan Senate Competitiveness Caucus to discuss how public policies can support America’s universities as they work to train America’s future manufacturing workforce of tomorrow.