Youth employment

How Data Science Can Help Boost College Graduation Rates

April 23, 2018

A data philanthropy project is helping one university identify students at risk of dropping out – and intervene before it’s too late. KEY TAKEAWAYS: By using analytics to identify and intervene with college students at risk of not completing their …

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Inclusive Growth Is Connected to the Ease of Doing Business

January 19, 2018

New business models and an enabling environment for SMEs are essential for job creation and economic growth in developing countries.  by Hemant Baijal The World Bank’s 2018 “Doing Business” report finds a strong correlation between inclusive growth and the regulatory …

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2018: Moving the Needle on Inclusive Growth in Emerging Markets

January 4, 2018

by Yuwa Hedrick-Wong  Nearly a decade after the global financial crisis, emerging markets are poised for a middle-class boom. Our experts weigh in on what it will take to sustain growth in 2018 and beyond. 2018 marks the tenth anniversary …

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Finding a New Development Model for the Middle East

January 9, 2017

By Yasar Jarrar The Middle East and North African region is at a critical moment in its history. Wars, economic instability, a weak private sector, and increasingly disenfranchised youth population are all challenging the region. The coming decade will test …

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2016’s Most Defining Moments for Inclusive Growth

December 23, 2016

The Center’s senior fellows reflect on the events of 2016 that will leave an enduring mark on inclusion and economic growth.  The US Election, Brexit and the populist wave 2016, like no other year in recent memory, brought to the …

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The Two Sides of Latin America’s Youth Employment Challenge

December 3, 2015

To what extent can any single measure of unemployment accurately provide insight into a country’s economic health and the prospects for its people? A survey of the most recent Latin American youth unemployment data (2014) provides important insights. A quick …

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Labor Market Solutions: 3 Pathways to Breaking Down Barriers

December 28, 2015

As we wrap up the year, we look back at what inspired the 11 new ideas presented at the Harvard Symposium for Inclusive Growth in October. The MasterCard Center for Inclusive Growth co-sponsored the event in partnership with the Harvard …

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Making Mexico’s Formalization Reforms Work For Youth

November 13, 2015

Youth entrepreneurship training programs in Mexico showcase the potential expanding education access can unleash. Tempting as it might be to focus on Mexico’s slowing GDP growth in recent years to assess the country’s progress, there’s another set of figures with …

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Help Entrepreneurs Save the World

August 10, 2015

Go to and sign By Elizabeth Gore, Entrepreneur in Residence, Dell Inc When you think of the word “entrepreneur” who pops into your mind?  Richard Branson?  Michael Dell? I’m guessing it’s not Sarah Collins from South Africa.  Sarah is building …

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Capturing Unemployment Trends with Social and Mobile Data

November 9, 2015

New methods, when combined with old, may help paint a better picture of overall economic health.  Unemployment is perhaps one of the more telling signs of labor market health—inspiring agony when on the rise and jubilation when declining. But how …

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Creating High-Impact Employment Experiences for Youth

June 4, 2015

Youth unemployment, or the creation of “generation jobless” as it has been called, is a global crisis affecting both advanced and developing economies. It represents a colossal waste of human potential and a substantive drag on future economic growth. A …

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Spurring a New Entrepreneurial Revolution in Europe

October 30, 2015

The fear of failure, among other factors, keeps many young people from starting businesses. A look at the programs working to overcome these barriers. As entrepreneurialism thrives in the United States, commentators in Europe are asking what must be done …

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