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Stagnant GDP growth rates accompanied continued sluggish employment growth in developing countries (English)

Employment outcomes continued to show almost no improvement in most developing countries over the second quarter of 2013 as gross domestic product (GDP) growth rates stagnated. ... See More +

Brief 86816 MAR 01, 2014

Ibarra, Gabriel Lara; Mansuri, Ghazala; Robalino, David A.; Weber, Michael

Supporting Self-Employment and Small-Scale Entrepreneurship : potential programs to improve livelihoods for vulnerable workers (English)

Worldwide, around 55 percent of workers are self-employed, and about three-quarters of these are likely to be subsistence entrepreneurs. These self-employed workers include farmers and own-account workers, many of whom work in small household enterprises without pay. ... See More +

Working Paper 92629 JAN 01, 2014

Cho, Yoonyoung; Robalino, David; Watson, Samantha

Working through the crisis : jobs and policies in developing countries during the great recession (English)

This document seeks to examine how the Great Recession affected labor markets in developing countries and how governments responded. The recession that began with the collapse of housing markets in the United States and Europe in late 2008 hit the labor markets particularly hard. ... See More +

Publication 82725 NOV 15, 2013

Banerji, Arup; Newhouse, David; Paci, Pierella; Robalino, David [editors]

Employment growth in developing countries falls further as recovery stalls (English)

Employment outcomes in developing countries did not show improvements in the first quarter of 2013. Although there was a small acceleration in the median growth rate of wages, in sharp contrast to the dynamics observed during the first half of 2012, employment growth slowed down and the unemployment rate increased slightly. ... See More +

Brief 83092 NOV 01, 2013

Lara-Ibarra, Gabriel; Mansuri, Ghazala; Robalino, David A.; Weber, Michael

Youth employment : a human development agenda for the next decade (English)

This paper reviews the main challenges facing countries in attempting to improve labor market outcomes among youth, focusing on the issues that became starkly visible during the recent financial crisis. ... See More +

Working Paper (Numbered Series) 83925 JUN 01, 2013

Robalino, David; Margolis, David; Rother, Friederike; Newhouse, David; Lundberg, Mattias

Designing and implementing unemployment benefit systems in middle and low income countries : key choices between insurance and savings accounts (English)

Several middle income countries are considering reforms of severance pay regulations to both increase flexibility for firms and better protect workers. ... See More +

Working Paper (Numbered Series) 90348 MAY 01, 2013

Robalino, David A.; Weber, Michael

Labor market policies under a youth bulge (English)

This paper assesses labor market trends and outcomes in Pakistan over the past decade. It shows that despite a high rate of employment growth, labor market outcomes have been disappointing: most jobs have been created in low productivity sectors/activities, and even if they provide a minimum level of income to often avoid poverty, they remain low quality jobs providing little or no protection to workers against shocks. ... See More +

Working Paper (Numbered Series) 86250 DEC 01, 2012

Robalino, David; Yoonyoung Cho

Nonfinancial defined contribution pension schemes in a changing pension world (Vol. 2 of 2) : gender, politics, and financial stability (English)

Pensions and social insurance programs are an integral part of any social protection system. Their dual objectives are to prevent a sharp decline in income and protect against poverty resulting from old age, disability, or death. ... See More +

Publication 70594 NOV 21, 2012

Holzmann, Robert; Palmer, Edward; Robalino, David

Nonfinancial defined contribution pension schemes in a changing pension world (Vol. 1 of 2) : progress, lessons, and implementation (English)

Pensions and social insurance programs are an integral part of any social protection system. Their dual objectives are to prevent a sharp decline in income and protect against poverty resulting from old age, disability, or death. ... See More +

Publication 70594 JUN 21, 2012

Holzmann, Robert; Palmer, Edward; Robalino, David

From right to reality : incentives, labor markets, and the challenge of universal social protection in Latin America and the Caribbean (English)

This book looks at the problems facing social protection systems in the region in terms of low coverage of social insurance, a high degree of fragmentation, inequity, and redistributive arrangements that distort labor markets providing incentives for informal work or reducing incentives for labor participation and job search. ... See More +

Publication 67523 MAR 13, 2012

Ribe, Helena; Robalino, David A.; Walker, Ian

Building social protection and labor systems : concepts and operational implications (English)

This paper presents a framework for designing and implementing social protection and labor (SP&L) systems in middle and low income countries. ... See More +

Working Paper (Numbered Series) 67608 MAR 01, 2012

Robalino, David A.; Rawlings, Laura; Walker, Ian

Labor markets in low and middle income countries : trends and implications for social protection and labor policies (English)

This paper reviews labor market trends throughout the developing world, identifies issues and policy priorities across groups of countries, and derives implications for the World Bank's new social protection and labor strategy. ... See More +

Working Paper (Numbered Series) 67613 MAR 01, 2012

Margolis, David N.; Robalino, David A.; Cho, Yoonyoung

The right skills for the job? Rethinking training policies for workers (English)

This book addresses the question of how to build and upgrade job relevant skills. Specifically, the authors focus on three types of training programs relevant for individuals who are leaving formal general schooling or are already in the labor market: pre-employment technical and vocational education and training (TVET); on-the-job training (OJT); and training-related active labor market programs (ALMPs). ... See More +

Publication 70908 JAN 01, 2012

Almeida, Rita; Behrman, Jere; Robalino, David

Assessing interactions among education, social insurance, and labor market policies in Morocco (English)

This paper develops a general equilibrium model to assess the impact that integrated reforms of macroeconomic, education and social protection policies can have on employment. ... See More +

Journal Article 79463 JUN 24, 2011

Marouani, Mohamed A.; Robalino, David A.

Jobs and the crisis (English)

In response to the financial and economic crisis, many countries sought to stimulate labor demand, facilitate job search and preserve skills, and protect income. ... See More +

Viewpoint 58576 OCT 01, 2010

Robalino, David; McKenzie, David

Achieving effective social protection for all in Latin America and the Caribbean : from right to reality (English)

Slow progress in improving the coverage of Latin America and the Caribbean's (LAC's) traditional social protection (SP) programs, combined with the deepening of democracy, have led to calls for a new social contract to provide effective social protection to all citizens. ... See More +

Publication 55547 JUN 22, 2010

Ribe, Helena; Robalino, David A.; Walker, Ian;

Stepping up skills for more jobs and higher productivity (English)

This report presents a framework - Skills Toward Employment and Productivity (STEP), that provides a simple yet comprehensive way to look at skills development. ... See More +

Working Paper 55566 JUN 01, 2010

Banerji, Arup; Cunningham, Wendy; Fiszbein, Ariel; King, Elizabeth; Patrinos, Harry; Robalino, David; Tan, Jee-Peng;

Social protection in Latin America : achievements and limitations (English)

Social protection systems in Latin America have been transformed in the past two decades. Until the 1980s, those who were not covered by the social security arrangements available primarily in the urban formal sector received little public assistance beyond universal subsidies for some food or fuel purchases. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS5305 MAY 01, 2010

Robalino, David; Ferreira , Francisco H.G.

Ex-ante methods to assess the impact of social insurance policies on labor supply with an application to Brazil (English)

This paper solves and estimates a stochastic model of optimal inter-temporal behavior to assess how changes in the design of the unemployment benefits and pension systems in Brazil could affect savings rates, the share of time that individuals spend outside of the formal sector, and retirement decisions. ... See More +

Working Paper (Numbered Series) 52448 DEC 01, 2009

Robalino, David A.; Zylberstajn, Eduardo; Zylberstajn, Helio; Afonso, Luis Eduardo;

Addressing the employment effects of the financial crisis : the role of wage subsidies and reduced work schedules (English)

This note briefly reviews the experiences with wage subsidies and reduced work schedules in promoting employment and avoiding the depreciation of accumulated skills and knowledge due to a temporary downturn. ... See More +

Brief 55082 SEP 01, 2009

Robalino, David; Banerji, Arup

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Stagnant GDP growth rates accompanied continued sluggish employment growth in developing countries (English)
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MAR 01, 2014 86816 Brief
Supporting Self-Employment and Small-Scale Entrepreneurship : potential programs to improve livelihoods for vulnerable workers (English)
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JAN 01, 2014 92629 Working Paper
Working through the crisis : jobs and policies in developing countries during the great recession (English)
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NOV 15, 2013 82725 Publication
Employment growth in developing countries falls further as recovery stalls (English)
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NOV 01, 2013 83092 Brief
Youth employment : a human development agenda for the next decade (English)
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JUN 01, 2013 83925 Working Paper (Numbered Series)
Designing and implementing unemployment benefit systems in middle and low income countries : key choices between insurance and savings accounts (English)
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MAY 01, 2013 90348 Working Paper (Numbered Series)
Labor market policies under a youth bulge (English)
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DEC 01, 2012 86250 Working Paper (Numbered Series)
Nonfinancial defined contribution pension schemes in a changing pension world (Vol. 2 of 2) : gender, politics, and financial stability (English)
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NOV 21, 2012 70594 Publication
Nonfinancial defined contribution pension schemes in a changing pension world (Vol. 1 of 2) : progress, lessons, and implementation (English)
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JUN 21, 2012 70594 Publication
From right to reality : incentives, labor markets, and the challenge of universal social protection in Latin America and the Caribbean (English)
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MAR 13, 2012 67523 Publication
Building social protection and labor systems : concepts and operational implications (English)
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MAR 01, 2012 67608 Working Paper (Numbered Series)
Labor markets in low and middle income countries : trends and implications for social protection and labor policies (English)
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MAR 01, 2012 67613 Working Paper (Numbered Series)
The right skills for the job? Rethinking training policies for workers (English)
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JAN 01, 2012 70908 Publication
Assessing interactions among education, social insurance, and labor market policies in Morocco (English)
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JUN 24, 2011 79463 Journal Article
Jobs and the crisis (English)
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OCT 01, 2010 58576 Viewpoint
Achieving effective social protection for all in Latin America and the Caribbean : from right to reality (English)
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JUN 22, 2010 55547 Publication
Stepping up skills for more jobs and higher productivity (English)
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JUN 01, 2010 55566 Working Paper
Social protection in Latin America : achievements and limitations (English)
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MAY 01, 2010 WPS5305 Policy Research Working Paper
Ex-ante methods to assess the impact of social insurance policies on labor supply with an application to Brazil (English)
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DEC 01, 2009 52448 Working Paper (Numbered Series)
Addressing the employment effects of the financial crisis : the role of wage subsidies and reduced work schedules (English)
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SEP 01, 2009 55082 Brief