24 March 2015
The ILO Research Department organizes a seminar on poverty reduction and the consumption floor in developing countries.
26 February 2015
The middle class is an important group of interest not only because they are the main driver of economic activity and, therefore, crucial to the economic development of any country, but also because they are an interest group which influences political and social life. To this effect, a very timely report has been recently released, Arab Middle Class: measurement and role in driving change. This Report proposes a new methodology of measuring and defining the middle class based on the household consumption patterns. It also profiles the middle class according to age, employment status, education level, among others. The report also discusses the social, economic and political challenges of the middle class and their role in the Arab uprisings. The Report concludes that in order for the Arab region to implement a new development model, the empowered middle class has to play a vital role in designing the process of economic, social and political transformation.
16 February 2015
Since 2008, labour productivity in Europe experiences strong breaks. Most EU countries -including the top three economies- are facing flat or declining productivity. The employment performance in countries such as Germany and the UK are remarkable. By contrast, Spain long marked by a lack of productivity gains witnessed a spectacular revival in the apparent productivity.
6 February 2015
Panel discussion on ‘Emerging issues’: “Contributions of Social Development to the Transition from Millennium Development Goals to Sustainable Development Goals”
5 February 2015
The ILO Office for the Andean Countries hosted the regional workshop “Effectiveness of Labour Provisions in Free Trade Agreements” as part of a research project developed by the ILO Research Department in cooperation with the Canadian, Flemish and Swiss Governments. The seminar offered an international forum for discussing evidence on the practical implications of labour provisions in trade agreements with a focus mostly on Latin America, their effectiveness and lessons learned.
29 January 2015
20 January 2015
Presentation of "Productivity and unemployment: a scale-by-scale panel data analysis for the G7 countries"
16 January 2015
Presentation by Marco Gallegati, Polytechnic University of Marche, Ancona. Does productivity growth increase or reduce unemployment? Productivity is a factor of economic growth and also has ambivalent effects on employment. The discussion will shed a new light on this issue, showing the impact of productivity on employment over different time horizons.
11 December 2014
In cooperation with the European Commission, the Research Department of the ILO and the ILO Office for the European Union and the Benelux Countries are pleased to invite you to participate in the joint ILO/EC International Conference “Competitiveness and Jobs in Europe” that will take place on the 11th of December 2014 in Brussels, Belgium. A lack of competitiveness has been identified by many as the underlying issue at the heart of European labour market imbalances. Different views have been expressed with respect to how to tackle competitiveness problems, while boosting more and better jobs.
Income Inequality and its Policy Implication for Sustainable Growth: Dialogue with International Organizations
10 December 2014