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2014

  1. Development and employment in Latin America and the Caribbean: A look ahead

    12 November 2014

    Latin America and the Caribbean has, generally speaking, shown greater resilience in the face of the current economic crisis than other regions, both in terms of economic growth and employment. The countries of Latin America have performed well economically and their labour markets have not been particularly affected, in spite of the uncertainty that the global economy is currently experiencing. This notwithstanding, the region faces the challenge of capitalizing on its numerous achievements, whilst not losing sight of its weaknesses. In this context, this document presents the most recent trends with regard to economic growth and employment in the region, and highlights the different macroeconomic and labour-market challenges that the region confronts. Lastly, this document argues for the importance of designing and coordinating a set of policies to be implemented at both national and international level.

  2. An Accuracy Assessment of the Global Employment Trends’ Unemployment Rate Forecasts

    31 March 2014

    This study provides a quantitative assessment of the bias, accuracy, and efficiency of the Global Employment Trends (GET) global and regional unemployment rate forecasts made in three recent annual GET reports. After conducting a series of statistical tests, the results suggest that, on average across all countries with data availability, the GET unemployment rate forecasts are slightly biased; we over-predict one and two years ahead and under-predict three and four years ahead. However, this bias is not significant for one to three years ahead. Moreover, our tests for accuracy show that the shorter the prediction period, the more accurate our forecasts indicated by smaller forecast errors for shorter prediction periods and larger forecast errors for longer periods.

  3. Global Employment Trends 2014: The risk of a jobless recovery

    21 January 2014

    The Global Employment Trends study offers the latest global and regional information and projections on several indicators of the labour market, including employment, unemployment, working poverty and vulnerable employment. The weak global economic recovery has failed to lead to an improvement in global labour markets, with global unemployment in 2013 reaching almost 202 million. Embargoed until 00.01 GMT - 21 January 2014

  4. Global Employment Trends 2014: The risk of a jobless recovery

    21 January 2014

    The study offers the latest global and regional information and projections on several indicators of the labour market, including employment, unemployment, working poverty and vulnerable employment.

  5. Can Better Working Conditions Improve the Performance of SMEs? An international literature review

    16 January 2014

    This research has been commissioned by the International Labour Office (ILO) as a contribution to the Global Product 154 and the Area of Critical Importance, Productivity and working conditions in Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs).

2013

  1. The Labour Markets of Emerging Economies: Has growth translated into more and better jobs?

    31 October 2013

    This volume focuses on the labour market situation, trends and regulations in emerging economies, devoting attention to how they have dealt with both short-term issues, namely the global financial crisis, and longer-term structural challenges − as well as the gaps that still remain.

  2. Perspectives on Labour Economics for Development

    01 March 2013

    Perspectives on Labour Economics for Development seeks to provide a comprehensive, but non-technical, coverage of labour market issues in a developing country context to help policy-makers and other readers improve their capacity to understand these topics and develop appropriate and effective policy responses. This book is an invaluable reference for policy-makers in middle- and low-income countries as well as an ideal handbook for teachers and students of economics and development.

  3. How not to count the employed in developing countries

    29 January 2013

    Employment Working Paper No. 136

  4. Global Employment Trends 2013: Recovering from a second jobs dip

    22 January 2013

    Five years after the outbreak of the global financial crisis, the study offers the latest global and regional information and projections on several indicators of the labour market, including employment, unemployment, working poverty and vulnerable employment. It also presents a number of policy considerations in light of the new challenges facing policy makers in the coming year.

  5. Global Employment Trends 2013: Recovering from a second jobs dip [Summary]

    22 January 2013

    Five years after the outbreak of the global financial crisis, the study offers the latest global and regional information and projections on several indicators of the labour market, including employment, unemployment, working poverty and vulnerable employment. It also presents a number of policy considerations in light of the new challenges facing policy makers in the coming year.

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