Smarter Indicators for Decent Work in a Post-2015 Development Agenda: A Discussion and A Proposal

36 Pages Posted: 30 Apr 2015

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Martin Ostermeier

Georg August Universität; German Institute of Global and Area Studies (GIGA)

Sarah Linde

Georg August Universität; GIGA Institute of Asian Studies

Jann Lay

GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies; University of Goettingen

Sebastian Prediger

German Institute of Global and Area Studies (GIGA); University of Erlangen-Nuremberg-Friedrich Alexander Universität Erlangen Nürnberg

Date Written: April 29, 2015

Abstract

The aim of this paper is to contribute to the ongoing discussion about the design of a post-2015 development framework by proposing indicators to monitor employment outcomes. Our analysis of the current MDG employment indicators shows that measurement problems, the inappropriate use of aggregate statistics, ambiguous interpretability, and assumptions that often do not hold true in the context of developing countries are major shortcomings of the current indicators. Based on this critique, we develop a new set of indicators for productive employment and decent work. We propose four indicators: (i) the growth of labor value added per worker, (ii) the working poverty rate, (iii) (a) the share of workers receiving less than an absolute labor income and (b) the share of workers receiving less than 60 percent of the median labor income. We demonstrate the empirical application of these indicators using the country cases of Uganda and Peru.

Keywords: Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), employment

Suggested Citation

Ostermeier, Martin and Linde, Sarah and Lay, Jann and Prediger, Sebastian, Smarter Indicators for Decent Work in a Post-2015 Development Agenda: A Discussion and A Proposal (April 29, 2015). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2600433 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2600433

Martin Ostermeier

Georg August Universität ( email )

Platz der Göttinger Sieben 5
Göttingen, DE 37073
Germany

German Institute of Global and Area Studies (GIGA) ( email )

Neuer Jungfernstieg 21
Hamburg, DE D-20354
Germany

Sarah Linde

Georg August Universität ( email )

Platz der Göttinger Sieben 5
Göttingen, DE 37073
Germany

GIGA Institute of Asian Studies ( email )

Neuer Jungfernstieg 21
Hamburg, D-20354
Germany

Jann Lay (Contact Author)

GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies ( email )

Neuer Jungfernstieg 21
Hamburg, DE D-20354
Germany

University of Goettingen

Platz der Gottinger Sieben 3
Gottingen, D-37073
Germany

Sebastian Prediger

German Institute of Global and Area Studies (GIGA) ( email )

Neuer Jungfernstieg 21
Hamburg, DE D-20354
Germany

University of Erlangen-Nuremberg-Friedrich Alexander Universität Erlangen Nürnberg ( email )

Schloßplatz 4
Erlangen, DE Bavaria 91054
Germany

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