Research Department Working Papers

The Research Department Working Papers are a series of research documents containing preliminary findings related to issues of the world of work. As such, these Working Papers are a work in progress and meant to stimulate debate and incite feedback. In that respect, readers are encouraged to submit their comments directly to the authors.

The views and opinions expressed therein are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of the International Labour Organization.


  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. Research Department Working Paper n°19

    The composition effects of tax-based consolidations on income inequality

    20 June 2017

    This paper investigates empirically the (composition) effects of tax-based consolidations on income inequality, output and labour market conditions.

  3. Research Department Working Paper n°18

    Exporters, importers and employment: Firm-level evidence from Africa

    01 June 2017

    This paper studies the relation between firms’ export and import status, and the quantity and types of employment they offer, using firm-level data from 47 African countries in 2006-14.

  4. Research Department Working Paper n°17

    Top income share and economic growth: Linear and non-linear effects

    09 May 2017

    This paper estimates the impact of inequality on growth, focusing on non-linearity and using top income share data that provides us with yearly observations over a long time period.

  5. Research Department Working Paper n°16

    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.


  1. Research Department Working Paper n°13

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

    02 November 2016

    This paper explains the dynamics of job destruction and job creation in the context of technological change.

  2. Research Department Working Paper n°15

    Debt and productivity: Evidence from firm level data

    04 July 2016

    This paper uses firm level data to shed light on the relationship between finance and economic growth.

  3. Research Department Working Paper n°14

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

    23 June 2016

    An analysis on the impact of recessions and booms on firm performance looking at 70,000 firms in over 100 countries between 1986 and 2014

  4. Research Department Working Paper n°12

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

    27 April 2016

    This paper estimates the medium-term effects of the workfare programme Construyendo Perú implemented in Peru to support unemployed populations in situations of poverty and extreme poverty from 2007 to 2011.

  5. Research Department Working Paper n°11

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

    06 April 2016

    This paper examines the impact of a programme implemented in Argentina to provide support in skills upgrading, vocational training, job-seeking and job placement to those eligible beneficiaries of the large conditional cash transfer programme Plan Jefes.