Papers and Briefs

  1. 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

  2. Combating Extreme Poverty by Providing Active Support as Part of a Conditional Cash Transfer Schemes

    16 October 2019

    Integrating active labour market policies (ALMPs) into poverty alleviation programmes can foster employment opportunities while protecting individuals’ incomes from the consequences of a severe recession. Recent research on Uruguay’s response to the economic crisis of 2002 demonstrates that allowing the beneficiaries of cash transfer schemes to voluntary participate in public works increases their chances of finding jobs afterwards, and at the same time counteracts any indirect negative effect that income support may have on labour market outcomes.

  3. Expanding Access To Unemployment Benefits And Active Support To Cover Informal Workers

    16 October 2019

    Combining income support with active labour market policies (ALMPs) is a viable strategy for helping unemployed people while they look for work. However, access to such programmes in developing and emerging countries (where they exist) tends to be restricted to formal sector workers. New evidence from the Mauritian unemployment benefit scheme demonstrates the value of expanding access to cover informal workers as well.

  4. Meeting The Challenges of a Changing World Of Work by Combining Income Support and Active Labour Market Policies

    16 October 2019

    Integrated approaches that combine income support and active labour market policies (ALMPs) can foster opportunities for accessing decent work while protecting people throughout their working-life transitions. Such approaches can take various forms and they are starting to be used more frequently in emerging and developing economies. In addition to sustainably reducing poverty and promoting development, they lead to greater social cohesion.

  5. Promoting Pathways to Decent Work

    16 October 2019

    New evidence is available on the merits of combining income support with active labour market policies (ALMPs) to protect people during joblessness and promote pathways to decent work. Such a combination, or integrated approach, prevents people from being forced by necessity to accept any new job that comes their way, regardless of its quality, while at the same time equipping them with the necessary skills to aspire to better jobs and helping them to find new employment opportunities.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. Can taxes help ensure a fair globalization?

    10 September 2019