Research publications

  1. Psychology and the International Labor Organization: The Role of Psychology in the Decent Work Agenda

    28 June 2017

    The ILO has a century-long tradition of working on the psychology of work and is now faced with new and growing challenges as the world work is undergoing far-reaching changes. This short note discusses how ILO can benefit from recent psychosocial studies.

  2. The composition effects of tax-based consolidations on income inequality

    20 June 2017

    This paper investigates empirically the (composition) effects of tax-based consolidations on income inequality, output and labour market conditions.

  3. Exporters, importers and employment: Firm-level evidence from Africa

    01 June 2017

    This paper studies the relation between firms’ export and import status, and the quantity and types of employment they offer, using firm-level data from 47 African countries in 2006-14.

  4. How to balance fiscal responsibility with employment objectives?

    16 May 2017

    As a number of emerging countries grapple with revenue constraints and weak growth, it is important to learn lessons from recent experience in this area, and to bear in mind that fiscal and employment goals can be achieved together.

  5. Top income share and economic growth: Linear and non-linear effects

    09 May 2017

    This paper estimates the impact of inequality on growth, focusing on non-linearity and using top income share data that provides us with yearly observations over a long time period.

  6. Regulating the use of temporary contracts by enterprises

    09 March 2017

    The use of temporary employment allows enterprises to adjust their workforces to changing circumstances. However, an over-reliance on the use of temporary workers can lead to productivity challenges, both for individual firms and for the overall economy. Legislation governing the use of temporary contracts plays an important role in influencing firms’ decisions on how intensively to rely on temporary labour.

  7. Reducing Decent Work Deficits in Periods of Low Growth

    10 February 2017

    In recent years, the global economy has been gravitating towards what could be considered ‘new normal’ lower levels of growth. The idea of persistently lower growth has become increasingly important as GDP growth rates continue to remain below expectations, and lower than the rates achieved in the pre-crisis period. Should this protracted period of lower growth prove to be structural rather than cyclical, an adjusted approach to reducing decent work deficits will be called for. Indeed, at current levels of growth, the capacity of the global economy to create a sufficient number of quality jobs and achieve the target of “full and productive employment and decent work for all”, as set out in Goal 8 of the Sustainable Development Agenda, may be compromised.

  8. The distribution of value added among firms and countries: The case of the ICT manufacturing sector

    10 January 2017

    This paper investigates the evolutions of the supply chain in ICT manufacturing sector since 2000 and discusses the impact of these evolutions in terms of distribution of the value added across firms and across countries.

  9. New technologies: A jobless future or golden age of job creation?

    02 November 2016

    This paper explains the dynamics of job destruction and job creation in the context of technological change.

  10. Employment Protection Legislation to Promote Quality of Job Creation

    02 November 2016

    An effective system of Employment Protection Legislation (EPL) must balance, among other things, the needs of workers for income and job security with employers’ need to adjust the workforce in an increasingly dynamic world of work. Indeed, rather than debating the benefits of more versus less EPL, more attention should be paid to the correct design of EPL, its interaction with other benefits, and its implementation and effective enforcement.