About the Research Department

Staff in the Research Department of the ILO work are working on the following themes:

Labour market trends and outlook

Providing a global overview of recent trends in employment, unemployment, labour force participation, productivity, as well as different dimensions of job quality, such as vulnerable employment and working poverty. Special issues of youth and gender are also covered.

Work, Incomes and Equity

Research areas include inequality, social security, poverty, employment quality and related comparative labour law research, particularly within the context of the SDGs. One of the current research topics centres on the transition to a green economy.

Changing World of Work

Analysing profound changes taking place in society including technology, innovation, demography, organization of work and production, work and society, and how they shape the world of work.

Macroeconomic Policies and jobs

Monitoring, evaluating and recommending macro-economic policy choices for the labour market. Model-based and statistical methods are used to provide inputs and develop scenarios for ILO-wide efforts such as G20 meetings, the Future of Work Initiative as well as collaboration with other international organizations.

Globalization and labour markets

Analysing the labour and social market implications of globalization for workers and enterprises. The research areas include firm dynamics, trade, labour standards and global supply chains – all with the aim of advancing social justice.

Policy evaluation

Analysing different labour market policies or programmes that have been implemented in different countries to better understand what works best and under which circumstances (mostly through impact evaluations).