Books and Reports


  1. World of Work Report 2010. From one crisis to the next?

    11 November 2010

    Published annually by the International Institute for Labour Studies - the research arm of the ILO - the 2010 edition of “World of Work Report” assesses the state of labour markets worldwide amid the economic crisis and analyses the economic and social implications.

  2. Making migration a development factor: the case of North and West Africa

    28 April 2010

    Many individuals migrate in the hope of attaining better living and working conditions for themselves and their families – a fact which highlights the important role of the labour market for the individual in the migration experience. But the labour market also plays an important role in the manner in which migrant workers contribute to economic development in the country of destination and how migration influences development in the country of origin.

  3. World of work report 2009. The global jobs crisis

    11 January 2010

    This World of Work Report from the International Institute for Labour Studies presents a highly relevant discussion of the jobs crisis resulting from the financial and economic crisis, in a non-technical manner, based on the latest data and economic analysis, with full technical annexes. The authors assess the crisis and provide a broad overview of its social effects, with particular emphasis on the structural imbalances in the globalization process that paved the way for the crisis. In addition, the report analyses conditions for a new growth and globalization model - one that would be more socially and environmentally sustainable. This timely report is an important addition to the discussions of socially sustainable growth, establishing the World of Work Report as a new authoritative source on labour issues.


  1. Blunting neoliberalism: Tripartism and economic reforms in the developing world

    07 December 2009

    Blunting neoliberalism is, to our knowledge, the first book to consider the impact of tripartism across the developing world. Tripartism refers to the consultation and negotiation of public policies between government, business and labour. The volume covers eight case studies from Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe and Latin America, focusing on developments since the 1990s. These studies show that, when relatively strong, tripartism had the effect of reducing the social impact of neoliberal economic reforms, making reforms more equitable and politically sustainable. This is a co-publication with Palgrave Macmillan.

  2. Globalization and Informal jobs in Developing Countries - A joint study from the International Labour Organization and the WTO

    12 October 2009

    This study is a product of the collaborative research programme of the International Institute for Labour Studies at the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the Secretariat of the World Trade Organization (WTO). Following up on the joint review of the literature on Trade and Employment, published in 2007, it focuses on the linkages between globalization and informal employment in developing countries. World trade has expanded significantly in recent years, making a major contribution to global growth. Economic growth has not led to a corresponding improvement in working conditions and living standards for many workers. In developing countries, job creation has largely taken place in the informal economy, where around 60 per cent of workers are employed. Most of the workers in the informal economy have limited job security, low incomes and no social protection, with limited opportunities to benefit from globalization. This study focuses on the relationship between trade and the growth of the informal economy in developing countries. Based on existing academic literature, complemented with new empirical research by the ILO and the WTO, the study discusses how trade reform affects different aspects of the informal economy. It also examines how high rates of informal employment diminish the scope for developing countries to translate trade openness into sustainable long-term growth. The report analyzes how well-designed trade and decent-work friendly policies can complement each other so as to promote sustainable development and growing prosperity in developing countries.

  3. The financial and economic crisis: A decent work response

    20 May 2009

    This study reviews world-wide responses to the global financial crisis and contributes to the ongoing debate on restoring stability. The study provides evidence-based policy analysis on how ILO Members can best mitigate the effects of the crisis and advocates the need for a global jobs pact to support recovery.


  1. World of Work Report 2008 - Income inequalities in the age of financial globalization

    17 November 2008

    Income inequalities have been growing significantly within countries over the past two decades or so. This new report from the International Institute for Labour Studies presents a timely assessment of this issue, based on new data and economic analysis and with full technical annexes. It looks at the extent of this phenomenon and ...

  2. Cross-border social dialogue and agreements: An emerging global industrial relations framework?

    12 May 2008

    The book examines various facets of international framework agreements (IFAs), as one of numerous private initiatives that have emerged in the absence of a state-driven multilateral framework, in view of organising a common labour relations framework at cross-border level. It also addresses relevant issues such as the possibility of cross-border solidarity action as a complement to cross-border dialogue. The title is longer available in print format but is available full text on-line using the link below.


  1. Trade and employment: Challenges for policy research

    19 February 2007

    This study provides an impartial view of what can be said, on the relationship between trade and employment, an often contentious issue of public debate. Its focus is on the connections between trade policies, and labour and social policies. It is the outcome of collaborative research between the secretariat of the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the International Labour Office (ILO), addressing such issues tha concern both organizations.


  1. Offshoring and the Internationalization of Employment. A Challenge for a Fair Globalization?

    14 March 2006

    The book examines the trends in the internationalisation of employment, looks at losers and winners and proposes new policies of compensation.