Related Issues

Government Regulations

The International Labour Organization finds that too much or too little regulation leads to poor employment outcomes. Rather than increasing or decreasing regulation, we need to identify appropriate mixes of regulations to maximize worker benefits.

Innovative Financing Mechanisms

Students face enormous financial pressures, from day-to-day expenditures to loan repayment, and these pressures come with real risks. There are three main actions that could be game-changing in alleviating the financial pressures students face.

Employer Partnerships

Countries with the lowest youth unemployment rates have one thing in common: a close connection between education and work. To foster high employment, employers, governments and educators need to partner to ensure education systems map to employers’ needs.

Labor regulations disincentivize employers from hiring young employees

Employment-related policies and regulations can be prohibitively costly. Fees like employer taxes and mandatory social benefits...

Many countries provide insufficient funding for entrepreneurs

Many countries lack the financial products, facilities, channels, regulations, or markets to allow investors to provide...

Regulatory environments do not support and facilitate entrepreneurship

Entering or exiting entrepreneurial ventures can come with severe costs and consequences, such as hefty fines that can lead to...

Education policies do not create pathways to employment

Many countries still rely on a traditional education system that does not teach students the skills employers need. Most...

There is insufficient funding to support employment matching services

The financial products, facilities, channels, regulations, or markets needed to allow employers and job seekers to find each...

Many countries lack funding to support education and training

Many countries lack the financial products, facilities, channels, regulations, or markets needed to allow students to access...

Regulatory environments rarely encourage and support self-employment

Labor laws and regulations can disincentivize self-employment with stringent liability clauses or complex administrative...

Regulatory environments do not support SMEs

SMEs may not be able to navigate complex tax structures and legal frameworks. Further, policies in some countries disincentivize...