Scientific description

Developing countries tend to depend on agriculture, extraction of natural resources and labor intensive industries, and they may achieve surprisingly high economic growth but often this is not accompanied by improvements in welfare because the growth usually does not generate sufficient amount of quality jobs.

Macroscopic View of the Project (click on picture to magnify)Macroscopic View

Our project aims to find out (whether there are) policy instruments that may create and sustain “good” jobs within developmental context by connecting local enterprises into international markets, stimulating technological upgrading, and restructuring the regulation and functioning of labor markets. Six country sub-projects help us in different ways to answer some key questions related to these three mechanisms (see figure above).

We see policy (instruments) as tools to trigger and manage change and acknowledge that challenges generated by introducing and dealing with transitions are analysed by various scientific fields such as labor economics, industrial relations, development studies, sociology and labor law.

Our project combines insights from these disciplines in order to scrutinize the effectiveness (in terms of creating ‘good’ jobs) of various policies implemented in developmental context.

The goal is to produce both scientific knowledge and concrete policy advice.

Contact us at r4d.coordination@wti.org.