As of 2020, PEP has supported over 130 projects in 46 different countries that primarily investigate labor markets and labor market policies, including 44 projects in low-income economies or fragile/conflict situations.
PEP research on labor markets was strengthened through the Policy Analysis on Growth and Employment (PAGE) initiatives (2012-2021).
As PEP researchers consult with policy actors at every stage of the research process, the studies explore priority issues for their country. PEP’s combination of scientific and policy outreach support works to link new and reliable knowledge to policy action.
The findings from a number of PEP projects focused on labor markets have already helped inform policies in their target countries:
- Social protection to the informal sector: the role of minimum wage and income transfer policies in Argentina
- How Cambodia's tariff elimination policy favors the manufacturing sector
- Impact of labor and tax policies on the informal sector in Cameroon
- Influence of remittances on youth labor in Kyrgyzstan
- How vocational training programs can better target youth unemployment in Mongolia
- Evaluation of risk tolerance informs youth employment strategy in Uganda
- Preparing for labor migration as a consequence of trade liberalization policies in Vietnam
A number of common trends emerged from the findings of these projects, summarized in the following articles:
- How can promoting trade maximize labour market benefits?
- Encouraging successful youth entrepreneurship through training
- Work-relevant education and training is crucial to successful school-to-work transitions
- Minimum wage programs need to be designed on a per-country basis
All PEP projects investigating labor markets and labor market policies are listed below, as are the project publications and the PEP researchers involved. These lists are searchable.