ILERA Study Groups

Labour Market Regulations: Rationales, Indicators and Impacts

Mr. Sangheon LEE
Research and Policy Coordinator
Conditions of Work and Employment Programme
International Labour Office
1211 Geneva 22
Tel: (+41-22) 799-8755
Fax: (+41-22) 799-8451

Dr. Deidre MCCANN
Senior Lecturer in Employment and Labour Law
School of Law
University of Manchester
Manchester M13 9PL
United Kingdom
Tel: (+44-161) 438-0518
Fax: (+41-161) 275-4724

With the increasing evidence of the failure of the so-called Washington consensus, attempts have been made to attribute this failure to labour market regulations, while policy responses to the global economic crisis have been light on calls to re-regulate labour markets. At the same time, efforts to quantify and compare labour market regulation, most notably the World Bank's Doing Business Indicators, are exerting a strong influence over policy decisions in developing and transition countries. Challenges to the role of regulation remain strong with respect to wages, working time, employment protection and social security.

The Study Group on Labour Market Regulations aims to develop a coherent response to such deregulatory arguments, thereby moving beyond a superficial dichotomy between regulation and deregulation and advancing research and policy directions that focus on making regulation more effective.

The Study Group examines how to improve the theoretical and conceptual frameworks for the evaluation of labour market regulations and how to operationalize them to support research work on institutional indicators and their relationship with labour market performances.

This group is convened under the auspices of the international research network on Regulating for Decent Work, which is intended to foster collaboration and brings together researchers from a range of disciplines who work in the field of labour regulations.

If you wish to be part of this study group, please contact either of the Coordinators.