International Labour Review

The International Labour Review (ILR) is a peer-reviewed multidisciplinary journal of international scope in labour and employment studies. Established in 1921 by decision of the ILO Governing Body, it is published quarterly in English, French and Spanish and administered by the ILO Research Department.

The ILR aims to advance academic research and inform policy debate and decision-making in all fields related to the world of work, such as economics, law, industrial relations, social policy, sociology and history, by publishing and bringing together the original thinking of academics and experts in those fields. It also features concise reports on current developments and reviews of recent major publications considered to be of particular interest to those working in these fields. Read more...

ILR centenary

The year 2021 marks the 100th anniversary of the ILR. To celebrate this milestone, throughout the year, the ILR will highlight its history and multidisciplinary contributions to academic research and policy debate at the global level. It will do so with an interactive timeline, exploring the people and events that have shaped the journal over the past 100 years, and a Centenary Collection. This will be composed of a dedicated article revisiting the ILR’s history and guest-edited Centenary Issues examining recurring and enduring themes of past ILR articles. The sixth of these virtual issues is now available.

Centenary launch
A virtual event was organized on 12 July 2021 to mark the 100th anniversary of the International Labour Review (ILR). This showcased the history of the ILR and its contributions to academic research and policy debate on the world of work at the global level. It was also an occasion to present the various initiatives planned to celebrate this important anniversary.

Current issue

  1. Vol. 160 (2021), No. 3

    • Missing links in the inclusive growth debate: Functional income distribution and labour market institutions, by Ignacio ÁLVAREZ, Maarten KEUNE, Jesús CRUCES and Jorge UXÓ
    • Faltering standardization: Conflict and labour relations in China’s taxi and sanitation industries, by Hao ZHANG and Eli FRIEDMAN
    • Not as simple as it seems: The ILO and the personal scope of international labour standards, by Valerio DE STEFANO
    • The rise, demise and replacement of the Bangladesh experiment in transnational labour regulation, by Youbin KANG
    • Working-time preferences among women: Challenging assumptions on underemployment, work centrality and work–life balance, by Laura LAMOLLA, Conxita FOLGUERA-I-BELLMUNT and Xavier FERNÁNDEZ-I-MARÍN
    • Internal migration, remittances and labour force participation in rural India: A gender perspective, by Mohd Imran KHAN and Ashapurna BARUAH
    • Determinants of inequality in Indian regular wage employment,1993–2012, by Rahul MENON

The International Labour Review is a member of the International Association of Labour Law Journals.
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