Research publications

  1. Reducing Decent Work Deficits in Periods of Low Growth

    10 February 2017

    In recent years, the global economy has been gravitating towards what could be considered ‘new normal’ lower levels of growth. The idea of persistently lower growth has become increasingly important as GDP growth rates continue to remain below expectations, and lower than the rates achieved in the pre-crisis period. Should this protracted period of lower growth prove to be structural rather than cyclical, an adjusted approach to reducing decent work deficits will be called for. Indeed, at current levels of growth, the capacity of the global economy to create a sufficient number of quality jobs and achieve the target of “full and productive employment and decent work for all”, as set out in Goal 8 of the Sustainable Development Agenda, may be compromised.

  2. The distribution of value added among firms and countries: The case of the ICT manufacturing sector

    10 January 2017

    This paper investigates the evolutions of the supply chain in ICT manufacturing sector since 2000 and discusses the impact of these evolutions in terms of distribution of the value added across firms and across countries. These evolutions stem from massive reconfigurations in the industry which began in the early 1980s leading to a deep transformation in the international division of labour. This paper also discusses the opportunities and conditions for economic upgrading in the ICT value chain through several examples.

  3. New technologies: A jobless future or golden age of job creation?

    02 November 2016

  4. Employment Protection Legislation to Promote Quality of Job Creation

    02 November 2016

    An effective system of Employment Protection Legislation (EPL) must balance, among other things, the needs of workers for income and job security with employers’ need to adjust the workforce in an increasingly dynamic world of work. Indeed, rather than debating the benefits of more versus less EPL, more attention should be paid to the correct design of EPL, its interaction with other benefits, and its implementation and effective enforcement.

  5. Debt and productivity: Evidence from firm level data

    04 July 2016

  6. Firm dynamics and business cycle: What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger?

    23 June 2016

  7. What works: Active labour market policies in Latin America and the Caribbean

    21 June 2016

    This report examines the effectiveness of active labour market policies implemented in Latin America, notably policies carried out in Argentina, Colombia and Peru.

  8. Workfare programmes and their impact on the labour market: Effectiveness of Construyendo Perú

    27 April 2016

  9. Effectiveness of active labour market tools in Conditional Cash Transfers programmes: Evidence for Argentina

    06 April 2016

  10. The employment effects of public works programmes

    11 March 2016

    The “What Works” Research Brief No. 4 discusses the most recent evidence on the role of public works and workfare programmes in improving participants’ labour market and social outcomes. It draws from new knowledge on the effectiveness of these type of programmes summarized in the Synthesis Report “What works: Active Labour Market Policies in Latin America and the Caribbean” and the particular experience of the workfare programme Construyendo Perú implemented in Peru to improve employability and labour market outcomes of participants.