Research Programme for 2008-09

World of Work Report, 2008-2009

World of Work 2008: Income Inequalities in the Age of Financial Globalization

The first edition of the Institute’s new annual publication offers an analysis of how the world of work is evolving, in conjunction with international economic integration. It provides a comprehensive review of key factors underlying unbalanced income developments. The 2008 publication covers the following key topics in relation to income inequality:
  • The role of financial globalization
  • Labour institutions
  • Changing employment patterns
  • Redistribution through taxes and social transfers

World of Work 2009

What is the state of labour markets worldwide amid the economic crisis? What are implications of phasing out stimulus packages and employment support measures? What is the employment impact of measures to be considered at the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen? How to make financial system work for the real economy? To what extent do trade policies include social provisions?

Globalisation and Decent Work

Globalisation and informal economy

As a follow up to the study on Trade and Employment: challenges for policy research, the Institute and the WTO Secretariat will jointly carry out a study on the links between globalisation, trade and employment in the informal economy. Greater economic growth associated with globalization may help reduce the size of the informal economy. However this is not necessarily the case and the linkages are likely to be complex. The purpose of this study is to i) present key facts on globalization, trade and informal employment in developing countries, ii) review the literature on this issue, and iii) undertake new empirical research with a view to identify causal links and assess how policies and institutions influence these links.

Internationalization of labour markets

The fourth dialogue between France and the ILO on the social dimension of globalization, was held in Paris in May 2008, will be about the internationalization of labour markets. An associated book is being prepared, focusing on the contribution of migration in both origin and destination countries. Issues such as global production, transnational communities and employment in developing countries and the links between occupational and geographical mobility will be tackled. The factors driving the internationalization of labour markets will be discussed as well as the protection of workers under conditions of emerging global labour markets. Special attention will be paid to the services sector as this dynamic sector is growing worldwide and will increasingly characterize the