The Worker Protection Index (WPI): Coding for Australia, China, Indonesia and New Zealand

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Gordon J. Anderson

Victoria University of Wellington - Faculty of Law

Sean Cooney

University of Melbourne - Law School

Peter G. Gahan

University of Melbourne - Department of Management and Marketing

Petra Mahy

Monash University - Department of Business Law & Taxation

Richard Mitchell

Monash University - Department of Business Law & Taxation

Anthony O'Donnell

La Trobe Law School

Andrew Stewart

Adelaide Law School

Carolyn Sutherland

Monash University - Department of Business Law & Taxation

Date Written: October 15, 2017

Abstract

This document introduces a new measure of worker protection – the Worker Protection Index (WPI). The WPI has been constructed for the purpose of assessing the extent to which national legal systems provide a range of protections for workers. The index contains 36 variables. The WPI takes as its starting point a broader conception of worker protection than prior quantitative measures of labour law. While most items included in the WPI incorporate the areas of labour and employment laws covering persons in the formal labour market captured by prior measures, it also includes a number of additional items that cover more general forms of social protection for individuals and households dependent on their labour for subsistence, such as unemployment benefits, workers’ compensation for injury or death at work, and retirement benefits. The WPI seeks first to establish an initial measure of the law on the books (de jure) but then, second, through a reasoned transparent process set out descriptively in the template, to arrive at a more accurate measure of the law’s strength by incorporating appropriate weights for the extent to which the law covers different groups of workers (according to such matters as the status of the employee, the size of the enterprise, the types of industry and so on).

The coding for four countries is provided here: Australia, China, Indonesia and New Zealand.

Keywords: worker protection, leximetrics, quantitative coding index, labour law, Australia, China, Indonesia, New Zealand

JEL Classification: K31, K32

Suggested Citation

Anderson, Gordon John and Cooney, Sean and Gahan, Peter G. and Mahy, Petra and Mitchell, Richard James and O'Donnell, Anthony and Stewart, Andrew and Sutherland, Carolyn, The Worker Protection Index (WPI): Coding for Australia, China, Indonesia and New Zealand (October 15, 2017). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3053592 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3053592

Gordon John Anderson

Victoria University of Wellington - Faculty of Law ( email )

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Sean Cooney

University of Melbourne - Law School ( email )

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Peter G. Gahan

University of Melbourne - Department of Management and Marketing ( email )

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Petra Mahy (Contact Author)

Monash University - Department of Business Law & Taxation ( email )

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Australia

Richard James Mitchell

Monash University - Department of Business Law & Taxation ( email )

Caulfield Campus
Sir John Monash Drive
Caulfield East, Victoria 3084
Australia

Anthony O'Donnell

La Trobe Law School ( email )

La Trobe University
Bundoora, VIC 3083 3142
Australia
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Andrew Stewart

Adelaide Law School ( email )

Ligertwood Building
Adelaide 5005, South Australia SA 5005
Australia

Carolyn Sutherland

Monash University - Department of Business Law & Taxation ( email )

Caulfield Campus
Sir John Monash Drive
Caulfield East, Victoria 3084
Australia

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