Books and Reports


  1. Building a Sustainable Job-rich Recovery

    16 November 2011

    The European Commission and the International Labour Organization have combined efforts in reaction to the deep crisis that hit the global economy in 2008. The aim of this joint project is to examine policies that will lead not only to a quicker recovery but also to a more sustainable, environmentally friendly and equitable global economy. "Building a Sustainable Job-rich Recovery" examines the origins of the deep financial and economic crisis of 2008 that continues to shape labour market performance across the globe.

  2. World of Work Report 2011: Making Markets Work for Jobs

    31 October 2011

    Published annually by the International Institute for Labour Studies - the research arm of the ILO - the 2011 edition of “World of Work Report” shows that it will not be possible to recover successfully from the Great Recession unless social inequalities are addressed through well-designed policies. ...

  3. Studies on Growth with Equity - Tunisia: A New Social Contract for Fair and Equitable Growth

    27 June 2011

    Tunisia, the country at the forefront of the “Arab Spring”, is a stark example of the fragility of an economic system based on an inefficient growth model. In spite of the country’s strong growth and apparently stable macroeconomic environment,the benefits of growth were unevenly distributed. There was widespread inequality, high unemployment, rampant clientelism, and limited opportunities for decent work. The events have opened a window of opportunity by creating space for a policy debate on building an inclusive model of development. The purpose of this Report is, first, to provide an in-depth analysis of the contradictions that characterized inequitable growth. Second, the Report puts forward ideas for a new development model for Tunisia, based on equal economic and social opportunities, and therefore shared prosperity.

  4. Spain: Quality jobs for a new economy

    27 June 2011

    The International Institute for Labour Studies, a research arm of the International Labour Organization (ILO), launched its fourth report in the series “Studies on Growth with Equity” in Madrid on Monday, 27 June, 2011. The new study “Spain: Quality Jobs for a New Economy” takes an in-depth look at the Spanish labour market and economy and offers a set of policy recommendations on how the Spanish economy can best recover from the recent crisis. It also includes a series of comprehensive statistics and trends related to the labour market in Spain.

  5. The Global Crisis. Causes, responses and challenges

    13 June 2011

    This important collection of essays brings together the main findings of ILO research since the start of the global financial and economic crisis in 2008. With contributions from diverse research disciplines, the volume provides new perspectives on employment and income-led growth and the role of regulation, and makes policy recommendations for the future.

  6. Indonesia: Reinforcing domestic demand in times of crisis

    28 March 2011

    Indonesia was one of the few economies to have demonstrated resilience to the global crisis in terms of both growth and employment. This study shows that the ability of this country to weather the crisis was almost entirely due to the country’s reliance on a series of strong social protection schemes which were implemented after the 1997 Asian financial crisis. It also addresses the challenges which lie ahead and the areas for improvement.

  7. Germany: A Job-centred approach

    28 March 2011

    Despite a dramatic decline in output as a result of the global financial and economic crisis, Germany’s labour market held up well compared with other countries. This was the conclusion reached by the first comprehensive assessment of Germany’s policy to tackle the crisis, issued by the ILO.

  8. Brazil: An innovative income-led strategy

    28 March 2011

    Brazil, while not immune to the effects of the financial and economic crisis, has fared reasonably well compared to many countries in terms of economic and labour market performance. This report examines the way in which social protection measures were utilized in order to mitigate the social and economic effects of the crisis. It also addresses the challenges which lie ahead and the areas for improvement.

  9. Making recovery sustainable: Lessons from country innovations

    28 March 2011

    Synthesis of a new series of “Studies on Growth with Equity”, this paper by the International Institute for Labour Studies of the ILO shows that growth and equity can be achieved in parallel if the right mix of policies is put in place. It is based on findings from reviews for three countries (Brazil, Germany and Indonesia) which are available hereunder.


  1. The internationalization of labour markets

    16 November 2010

    The “internationalization of labour markets” can denote diverse concepts. Under a narrow definition it means that the demand for and supply of labour becomes more international. Or in other words, an employer, instead of having to rely on a national worker, now reaches over borders for a foreign worker, and a worker instead of only being able to look for employment on the national labour market, can go abroad.