Research Department Working Papers

The Research Department Working Papers are a series of research documents containing preliminary findings related to issues of the world of work. As such, these Working Papers are a work in progress and meant to stimulate debate and incite feedback. In that respect, readers are encouraged to submit their comments directly to the authors.

The views and opinions expressed therein are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of the International Labour Organization.
  1. Research Department Working Paper n°36

    Robots worldwide: The impact of automation on employment and trade

    27 October 2018

    In this paper we shed light on the role of robots in emerging economies and analyze the impact of automation on the global organization of production.

  2. Research Department Working Paper n°35

    Does conservation agriculture change labour requirements? Evidence of sustainable intensification in Sub-Saharan Africa

    26 October 2018

    This paper studies the effects of conservation agriculture on labour input requirements as it is implemented in five Sub-Saharan African countries.

  3. Research Department Working Paper n°34

    Setting out for Digital Social Security

    30 September 2018

  4. Research Department Working Paper n°33

    Central bank communication: A quantitative assessment

    14 August 2018

    This paper attempts to quantify the impact of central bank communication on macroeconomic variables using an purpose-built index.

  5. Research Department Working Paper n°32

    Mapping and measuring the effectiveness of labour-related disclosure requirements for global supply chains

    11 June 2018

    This study analyses the global rise of disclosure legislations as an approach to governing labour standards in global supply chains.

  6. Research Department Working Paper n°31

    Spotlight on sexual violence and harassment in commercial agriculture: Lower and middle income countries

    28 May 2018

    Sexual violence and harassment among commercial agricultural workers is widespread, perhaps even pervasive, throughout the world. This paper summarizes information from a synthesis of research conducted on sexual violence and harassment in four commercial agriculture contexts; one in Africa, one in Asia, and two in Latin America.

  7. Research Department Working Paper n°30

    Are remittances good for labor markets in LICs, MICs and Fragile States?

    27 May 2018

    We present cross-country evidence on the impact of remittances on labor market outcomes. Remittances appear to have a strong impact on both labor supply and labor demand in recipient countries.

  8. Research Department Working Paper n°29

    The Future of Work: A Literature Review

    17 April 2018

    An enormous amount of literature has emerged over the last few years in the context of the “Future of Work”. Academics, think tanks and policy makers have fuelled rich discussions about how the future of work might look like and how we can shape it. Indeed, labour markets in developing and developed countries are likely to undergo major transformations in the next years and decades. However, despite a growing body of research in this area, there exists no universally accepted definition of what exactly the “Future of Work” encompasses and what the most relevant drivers are.

  9. Research Department Working Paper n°28

    The transition in play: Worldwide employment trends in the electricity sector

    17 April 2018

    This paper analyses the employment effects of electricity generation by different sources on a worldwide scale as observed since the year 2000.

  10. Research Department Working Paper n°27

    The gendered effects of air pollution on labour supply

    17 April 2018

    This paper draws on 20 years of systematic data collection on employment and air pollution to explore the link between air pollution and labour supply.