Research Papers

Does decent work matter for economic growth?

Roughly half the world’s population still lives on the equivalent of about US$2 a day. And in too many places, having a job doesn’t guarantee the ability to escape from poverty. A continued lack of decent work opportunities, insufficient investments and under-consumption lead to an erosion of the basic social contract underlying democratic societies: that all must share in progress. ...

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Can the garment industry deliver decent jobs for workers in Myanmar?


Published in Clean Clothes Campaign on 5, February, 2017 After years of sanctions, trade with Myanmar (formerly Burma) has started to flow. Low wages and favourable trade conditions are luring garment production from the region to this fragile democracy. Big and lesser known European brands are tempted to join in with this ‘race to the bottom’, unhindered by poor working ...

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Will technological innovations destroy jobs on a massive scale?


Published in ILO Website on 2, May  2017 New technologies and the dynamics of job creation Posted on 2 May 2017 Irmgard Nubler, senior economist at the International Labour Organization The recent wave of innovation and technological change has sparked a lively debate on the future of work. Some believe that technological innovations will destroy jobs on a massive scale, forecasting ...

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Bangladesh. Rana Plaza Compensation Scheme. Technical report on the scheme design and operationalization, and lessons learnt

This report has been prepared in the context of the Ghana Social Opportunities Project that seeks to support Ghana to rationalize its social protection expenditure. The Report analyses expenditure in terms of its sustainability, robustness, efficiency and effectiveness in preventing or reducing poverty, social exclusion and ill health. It includes an analysis of the current structure of social expenditure and ...

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