1. Studies on Growth with Equity Series

    Building a social pillar for European convergence

    The economic crisis has raised the degree of socio-economic heterogeneity among EU Member States aggravated by imbalances in structural factors that could intensify in the future. The establishment of a European Pillar of Social Rights could foster upward convergence of socioeconomic outcomes by strengthening existing rights and improving social standards in the EU while offering a unique opportunity to embed effective and inclusive social dialogue as part of the governance of the EU.

  1. Full Report

    Transforming jobs to end poverty - World Employment and Social Outlook 2016

    This edition of the WESO looks at poverty reduction and how it has been influenced by income inequality and the availability of quality jobs in developing and developed countries.

  2. International Women’s Day 2016

    ILO: Large gender gaps remain across broad spectrum of global labour market

    New ILO report highlights the enormous challenges women continue to face in finding and keeping decent jobs around the world.

  3. Full Report

    World Employment and Social Outlook: Trends 2016

    The World Employment and Social Outlook is the ILO’s flagship report on world of work issues.

  4. Inventory of labour market policy measures in the EU 2008–13: The crisis and beyond

    "The “Inventory of labour market policy measures in the EU 2008-13: The crisis and beyond” report studies the way in which the labour market policies of Member States of the European Union evolved after the financial crisis of 2007/08, and the extent to which those policies were successful in mitigating the negative impact the crisis had on their labour markets.

  5. World Employment and Social Outlook: The Changing Nature of Jobs

  6. An employment-oriented investment strategy for Europe

  7. World Employment and Social Outlook - Trends 2015

  8. Global wage report 2014/15

    Wages and income inequalities

    The Global Wage Report 2014/15 reviews the main trends in wages in developed, emerging and developing countries. It also analyses inequality in the labour market and in household income.

  9. Book

    Transforming Economies: Making industrial policy work for growth, jobs and development

    "This book helps connect the dots between economic theory, the role of capabilities, the lessons from history and the practical challenges of design and implementation of industrial policies. In so doing it provides an excellent policy roadmap for anyone interested in the challenge of promoting catch-up growth and productive transformation." Ricardo Hausmann, Director, Center for International Development, Harvard University

  10. Studies on Growth with Equity series

    Productive Jobs for Greece

    After six years of recession, the Greek economy is showing some signs of recovery. Yet, unemployment has reached unprecedented levels, the risk of poverty and social exclusion continues to increase and enterprise investment is too weak to lead to a sustainable employment recovery. Based on an in-depth analysis of the present situation, the report identifies emergency measures to address the most pressing needs of vulnerable groups, notably youth and jobless households.

  11. Studies on Growth with Equity series

    Spain: Growth with jobs

    The Spanish economy has begun to recover from both the global financial crisis of 2008 and the sovereign debt crisis of 2011 and has made some employment gains. However, the recovery remains both incomplete and fragile. On current trends, it would take at least a decade for the unemployment rate to return to the pre-crises situation. It is therefore crucial to strengthen the employment recovery in order to ensure sustainable economic growth and avoid a further erosion in social conditions. The report points to a number of areas where Government and social partners could take action together to solidify these recent gains and build a new path to more and better jobs.

  12. Studies on Growth with Equity series

    Tackling the Jobs Crisis in Portugal

    This report analyses employment and social trends in Portugal in the wake of the financial assistance programme agreed with the European Commission, the European Central Bank and the IMF. It also discusses international best practices available to inspire Portugal in its efforts towards cutting unemployment and boosting economic recovery.

  13. Research Paper

    Labour formalization and declining inequality in Argentina and Brazil

    This paper analyses the processes of labour formalization in Brazil and Argentina and its interrelation with the evolution of income inequality over the 2000s. It also contributes to the debates on formalising the informal and how to reduce income inequality.

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  1. ILO Research Department Seminar

    Can graduation approach propel people out of extreme poverty? Evidence from Bangladesh and Elsewhere

    29/06/2016 11:00-12:00 Room XI, ILO Headquarters

    Lauren Whitehead presents the activities of BRAC to reduce extreme poverty.

  2. Launch of Synthesis Report and Seminar

    Launch and presentation of the ILO Report: “What Works: Active Labour Market Policies in Latin America and the Caribbean”

    21 June 2016, ILO Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean, Lima (Peru).

  3. ILO Research Department Seminar

    Understanding the Gains from Wage Flexibility: the Exchange Rate Connection

    15/06/2016 14:00-15:00 Room IV, ILO Headquarters

    Tommaso Monacelli presents his paper related to the macroeconomic impacts of wage flexibility.

  4. ILO Research department seminar

    The Effect of State Taxes on the Geographical Location of Top Earners: Evidence from Star Scientists

    Presentation by Enrico Moretti (UC Berkeley)

  5. ILO Research Department Seminar

    Long-term unemployment in Spain

    18/05/2016 14:15-15:45 Room VII, ILO Headquarters

    Presentation by Samuel Bentolila, CEMFI

  6. ILO Research Department Seminar

    Transnational Governance of Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work: Potential and Limits of Private Compliance Initiatives.

    04/05/2016 14:00-15:00 Room IV, ILO Headquarters

    Presentation by: Axel Marx, University of Leuven

  7. ILO Research Department Research Paper

    Workfare programmes and their impact on the labour market: Effectiveness of Construyendo Perú

    Verónica Escudero

    This paper estimates the medium-term effects of the workfare programme Construyendo Perú implemented in Peru to support unemployed populations in situations of poverty and extreme poverty from 2007 to 2011.

  8. ILO Research Department Seminar

    The Bangladesh Sustainability Compact : An Assessment of EU-ILO engagement on trade and labour standards

    20/04/2016 11:00-12:00 Room VII, ILO Headquarters

    Presentation by: Jeff Kenner, University of Nottingham

  9. ILO Research Department Seminar

    "Time for a supply-side boost?" - "Quelle réforme pour le code du travail en France?"

    15/04/2016 11:00-13:00 Room VII, ILO Headquarters

    Speakers: Romain Duval, IMF & Jean-Denis Combrexelle, Conseil d’Etat

  10. ILO Research Department Research Paper

    Effectiveness of active labour market tools in conditional cash transfers programmes:Evidence for Argentina

    Elva López Mourelo and Verónica Escudero

    This paper examines the impact of a programme implemented in Argentina to provide support in skills upgrading, vocational training, job-seeking and job placement to those eligible beneficiaries of the large conditional cash transfer programme Plan Jefes.

  11. Conference

    The impact of financialization on work and entreprises

    6 April 2016, Collège des Bernardins, 20 rue de Poissy, 75005 Paris, France

    The aim of this conference organized by the ILO in partnership with the Collège des Bernardins is to pursue a high-level discussion between experts, entreprises and social partners on the future of work with a focus on the role of the financialization of the economy on labour relations.

  12. ILO Research Department Research Paper

    Do Public Employment Services improve employment outcomes? Evidence from Colombia

    Clemente Pignatti Morano

    The paper assesses the effects of participation in the Public Employment Service (PES) in Colombia by means of propensity score matching. The results show that participating in the PES increases the probability of having a formal (rather than informal) job.

  13. ILO/IZA Conference

    Assessing the Effects of Labour Market Reforms – A Global Perspective

    10-11 March, 09:00-17:00, Room XI

    The purpose of the Conference is to take stock of the effects that labour market reforms have had in terms of job quality, inequality and employment creation. There will also be a panel moderated by the DG on the Future of Work to discuss the transformational changes taking place in the world of work. English/French/Spanish interpretation will be available.

  14. ILO Research Department Research Paper

    A review of the effectiveness of Active Labour Market Programmes with a focus on Latin America and the Caribbean

    Jochen Kluve

    This paper reviews in a systematic way the evidence on impact evaluations of active labour market programmes (ALMP), with a focus on Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC).

  15. ILO Research Department Research Paper

    Domestic work, wages, and gender equality: Lessons from developing countries

    Martin Oelz and Uma Rani