Studies on Growth with Equity

It is often argued that the cost of social equity is less economic growth, highlighting the supposed trade-off between these two goals. The crisis that erupted in 2008 – which was preceded by rising social inequalities – has shown that this is simply not the case. Moreover, if properly designed, equity-enhancing policies can promote prosperity and reduce the risk of future crises. The aim of the new publication series Studies on Growth with Equity is to show how such policy complementarities can be achieved.

To date, reviews of Brazil, Eurozone, Germany, Indonesia, Spain and Tunisia – along with a Synthesis Paper Making recovery sustainable: Lessons from country innovations – have been completed. Work on Argentina, Bangladesh and Kenya are currently underway.

July 2017

  1. Handbook on assessment of labour provisions in trade and investment arrangements

    18 July 2017

    This publication provides a short analysis on the design, scope, implementation and effectiveness of labour provisions in a practical and accessible manner.

July 2016

  1. Building a social pillar for European convergence

    18 July 2016

    This report finds that EU Member States are either diverging in terms of socio-economic performance or converging towards deteriorating outcomes such as worsening inequality and widening structural imbalances.

  2. Assessment of labour provisions in trade and investment arrangements

    13 July 2016

June 2016

  1. What works: Active labour market policies in Latin America and the Caribbean

    21 June 2016

    This report examines the effectiveness of active labour market policies implemented in Latin America, notably policies carried out in Argentina, Colombia and Peru.

January 2015

  1. An Employment-oriented Investment Strategy for Europe

    28 January 2015

    Against a backdrop of sluggish economic conditions and continued weak job creation, the Investment Plan proposed by the European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker would provide a rapid economic stimulus that would foster Europe’s competitiveness at the same time as boosting much-needed employment creation. The main finding of this ILO report is that, if careful consideration is given to the design of the programme and its allocation, over 2.1 million net new jobs would be created by mid-2018.

November 2014

  1. Greece: Productive Jobs for Greece

    24 November 2014

    The aim of the Studies on Growth with Equity series is to show how strong and well-designed employment, labour and social protection measures are central – in combination with supportive macroeconomic policy – to building sustainable, job-rich and equitable growth.

September 2014

  1. Spain: Growth with jobs

    29 September 2014

    The aim of the Studies on Growth with Equity series is to show how strong and well-designed employment, labour and social protection measures are central – in combination with supportive macroeconomic policy – to building sustainable, job-rich and equitable growth.

June 2014

  1. Crisis responses, competitiveness and jobs

    16 June 2014

    This publication is the outcome of a joint project of the Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs, and Inclusion of the European Commission and the Research Department of the ILO.

December 2013

  1. Kenya: Making quality employment the driver of development

    02 December 2013

    The report analyses how the growing disconnect between growth and job creation in Kenya is having detrimental consequences on living standards and working conditions, especially for youth. It discusses how a comprehensive approach that integrates employment goals with strategic growth plans can contribute to a more stable and equitable growth pattern.

November 2013

  1. Bangladesh: Seeking better employment conditions for better socioeconomic outcomes

    18 November 2013

    The report analyses the country’s economic growth driven by its ready-made garment (RMG) sector and contains recommendations to make this growth more sustainable and improve working conditions in Bangladesh.