Papers and Briefs

April 2018

  1. Research Department Working Paper n°26

    Exporting, importing and wages in Africa: Evidence from matched employer-employee data

    17 April 2018

    This paper studies wages in exporting and importing firms of the manufacturing sector in Africa, using firm-level data and employer-employee-level data from the World Bank Enterprise Surveys.

  2. Research Department Working Paper n°25

    The future of work in African agriculture: Trends and drivers of change

    04 April 2018

    This report synthesizes available evidence regarding how salient demographic and economic trends in sub-Saharan Africa are influencing the future of work in agriculture. It also identifies some of the major policy challenges that African governments are facing, which may influence future work in agriculture.

March 2018

  1. Research Department Working Paper n°24

    Upgrading agricultural work: A comparative analysis of voluntary certification schemes

    13 March 2018

    This paper presents the results of a comparative analysis of five leading global agro-food certification schemes that cover labour rights and protection, including for small farmers, as an integral part of their certification scope.

November 2017

  1. Research Department Working Paper n°23

    Jobs, FDI and institutions in Sub-Saharan Africa: Evidence from firm-level data

    07 November 2017

    This paper uses data on foreign-owned and domestic firms in Sub-Saharan Africa and studies the differences in the quantity and quality of jobs that they offer, taking into account different characteristics of foreign-owned firms and analysing the role of country-level institutional factors.

  2. Research Department Working Paper n°22

    Uneven practices in voluntary labour commitments: An exploration of major listed companies through the VigeoEiris database

    06 November 2017

    Over recent decades, the emergence of new forms of private governance has been one of the most important features in global labour governance. At the moment, our understanding of private governance is however still fragmented and little is known about the degree to which major companies worldwide support these mechanisms. The aim of this paper is to provide a preliminary overview of voluntary labour commitments undertaken by major listed companies worldwide.

September 2017

  1. ILO What Works Research Brief No. 10

    Economic impacts of reducing the gender gap

    29 September 2017

    Closing the gender gap in participation by 25 per cent by 2025 could increase global GDP by US$5.3 trillion

  2. Research Department Working Paper n°20

    Active labour market programmes in Latin America and the Caribbean: Evidence from a meta analysis

    26 September 2017

    This paper presents a systematic collection and assessment of impact evaluations of active labour market programmes in Latin America and the Caribbean

August 2017

  1. Research Department Working Paper n°21

    The European Youth Guarantee: A systematic review of its implementation across countries

    31 August 2017

    This article examines empirical evidence on the effectiveness of past youth guarantee experiences, as well as the few existing evaluations of the European Youth Guarantee, to identify the factors that are key to their success.

  2. ILO What Works Research Brief No. 9

    Implementation of international labour standards for domestic workers

    30 August 2017

    Since the adoption of Convention No. 189, over 70 ILO member States have acted to ensure decent working conditions for domestic workers.

June 2017

  1. ILO's Network on Future of Work

    Psychology and the International Labor Organization: The Role of Psychology in the Decent Work Agenda

    28 June 2017

    The ILO has a century-long tradition of working on the psychology of work and is now faced with new and growing challenges as the world work is undergoing far-reaching changes. This short note discusses how ILO can benefit from recent psychosocial studies.