Labour Market Inventory Projects

Labour market inventory are databases that list labour market policy interventions and classify them across multiple dimensions. These can range from their budget impact, their target group or their date of implementation, among several others.

Labour market inventory are databases that list labour market policy interventions and classify them across multiple dimensions. These can range from their budget impact, their target group or their date of implementation, among several others.

The goal of these inventories is to allow for the identification and analysis of policy trends at the national, regional and global level.

These databases therefore serve multiple goals. They enable researchers to study the interactions between labour market policy measures and labour market and economic outcomes, while they are also a powerful for tool for policy makers looking to better frame and understand the policies they implement and the way they interact with the labour market.

Inventory #1: The ILO/World Bank Inventory of policy responses to the global financial and economic crisis of 2008
The first inventory was prepared by the ILO and the World Bank to produce a comprehensive database and report that examines the policy responses taken by 77 countries over 2008-10 to deal with the labour market impact of the financial and economic crisis. The database and the report were released in 2012.

Inventory #2: Inventory of Labour Market Policy Measures in the EU 2008-13
The second inventory analyses how member states of the European Union have responded to the dramatic impact of the financial crisis of 2007/08 on their labour markets, and investigates to what extent those policies were successful in mitigating that negative impact. It is the result of the collaboration between the ILO and the European Commission and was completed in December of 2015.

Inventory #3: Labour market inventory: ASEAN countries and their main trading partners
The third inventory studies the extent to which the increasing levels of economic integration among ASEAN member states have been parallled by a higher level of coordination when it comes to labour market policy. It is a result of a collaboration between the ILO, the OECD Development Centre and the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs, and was concluded in December of 2018.