Research Department Working Papers

The Research Department Working Papers are a series of research documents containing preliminary findings related to issues of the world of work. As such, these Working Papers are a work in progress and meant to stimulate debate and incite feedback. In that respect, readers are encouraged to submit their comments directly to the authors.

The views and opinions expressed therein are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of the International Labour Organization.
  1. Research Department Working Paper n°52

    Economic and social upgrading in the Philippines’ pineapple supply chain

    17 October 2019

    Despite several decades of steady growth, Mindanao’s tropical agro-food industry and the pineapple supply chain more specifically are characterized by a relatively large proportion of workers being linked to small-scale production and low-skilled, labour-intensive and poorly paid work. What is the evidence regarding the alignment between economic improvement of the local industry and the quality and terms of employment realized by its workers?

  2. Research Department Working Paper n°50

    Eligibility and participation in unemployment benefit schemes: Evidence from Mauritius

    17 October 2019

    The article explores the determinants of participation in the unemployment benefit system in Mauritius, focusing on the role played by eligibility criteria and take-up

  3. Research Department Working Paper n°49

    Unemployment insurance schemes around the world: Evidence and policy options

    14 October 2019

    This article conducts a comparative analysis of unemployment insurance schemes in advanced and emerging economies, with the aim of identifying differences in policy approaches across countries and pointing at possible consequences in terms of policy outcomes.

  4. Research Department Working Paper n°48

    Trade wars and their labour market effects

    09 October 2019

    Recent years have seen a remarkable reversal in trade liberalization with the significant raises in tariffs on imports among major G20 economies. This working paper discusses the rationale for these policy shifts, provides an overview of recent measures, especially those implemented by the US administration and presents an overview of the estimated effects on employment as currently presented in the literature. The paper also provides an overview of the specific challenges represented by trade in digital services.

  5. Research Department Working Paper n°47

    Decent work in global supply chains: An internal research review

    08 October 2019

    This article provides an inventory of the research carried out by the ILO on decent work in GSCs between 2014 and 2019 and helps to identify the challenges and remaining gaps in terms of research.

  6. Research Department Working Paper n°46

    Identifying Syrian Refugees in Turkish Microdata

    17 September 2019

    This article proposes a strategy to identify Syrian refugees in Turkey’s Household Labour Force Survey (HLFS) using propensity score matching. This methodology is then used to find the actual geographical distribution of Syrian refugees in Turkey.

  7. Research Department Working Paper n°45

    Can taxes help ensure a fair globalization?

    10 September 2019

  8. Research Department Working Paper n°44

    The role of multinational company strategies in structuring global supply chains in the automotive industry

    09 September 2019

  9. Research Department Working Paper n°43

    Global supply chains and intangible assets in the automotive and aeronautical industries

    28 February 2019

  10. Research Department Working Paper n°42

    Multinational enterprises and social protection: A case study of the L’Oréal Share & Care Program​

    31 January 2019

    Recognizing the possible beneficial effects for workers and enterprises, many MNEs have undertaken or are currently planning to undertake programs to offer social protection to their employees, going beyond legal obligations. This is a voluntary effort by enterprises that falls under the CSR framework. In this regard, this paper analyses improvement in coverage due to the implementation of such a program, L’Oréal’s Share & Care, and explores the possible effects of the change in a large number of benefits on performance-related indicators. It is also the first attempt to examine the impact of a social program by a company participating in the Global Business Network.