What Works: Research Briefs

The purpose of these What Works Research Briefs is to provide constituents with evidence-based advice on policies that are effective in tackling employment and social policy challenges.

February 2017

  1. ILO What Works Research Brief No. 6

    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.

November 2016

  1. ILO What Works Research Brief No. 5

    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.

March 2016

  1. “What works” Research Brief No. 4

    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.

  2. “What works” Research Brief No. 3

    The role of PES in improving employment quality

    11 March 2016

    The “What Works” Research Brief No. 3 discusses the most recent evidence on the role of Public Employment Services (PES) in improving participants’ labour market outcomes. It draws from new knowledge on the effectiveness of this type of programmes summarized in the Synthesis Report “What works: Active Labour Market Policies in Latin America and the Caribbean” and the experience of the Public Employment Service in Colombia and its effectiveness in improving employment outcomes of participants.

  3. “What works” Research Brief No. 2

    Promoting employment by providing active support through CCT programmes

    11 March 2016

    The “What Works” Research Brief No. 2 discusses the most recent evidence on the effectiveness of active labour market measures in increasing employability and job quality of conditional cash transfers (CCT) beneficiaries. 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 a programme implemented in Argentina that provided skills upgrading and job placement support to eligible beneficiaries of the CCT programme Plan Jefes.

  4. What works in short: Research Brief No. 1

    Active Labour Market Policies in Latin America and the Caribbean

    11 March 2016

    The “What Works” Research Brief No. 1 provides an overview of the main findings and policy conclusions of the research project “What works: Active Labour Market Policies in Latin America and the Caribbean”. The brief presents the motivation of the research project and its main outputs, as well as the key research findings and policy recommendations drawn from the Synthesis Report of the same name.