The Ratification of Ilo Conventions: A Failure Time Analysis

41 Pages Posted: 9 Nov 2003

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Bernhard Boockmann

ZEW – Leibniz Centre for European Economic Research; Institute for Applied Economic Research (IAW); IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Date Written: 2000

Abstract

There are over 180 ILO conventions in many areas of labour law, industrial relations and social security, but they are not ratified universally: For the conventions adopted between 1975 and 1995, the cumulated probability of ratification is about 13 percent ten years after their adoption. In this paper, the ratification decision is understood as a transition between two states. Using duration analysis, we identify circumstances which are favourable to this transition. For industrialised countries, the ratification of ILO conventions is shown to depend on internal political factors such as the preferences of actors from governments or trade unions. For developing countries, the only variables which are significant relate to the economic costs of ratification. There is no evidence for external pressure bearing on the ratification decision. Among industrialised member states, there is a clear downward trend in estimated ratification probabilities over the last two decades.

Keywords: International labour standards, ILO, international organisations, transition data, duration analysis

JEL Classification: D78

Suggested Citation

Boockmann, Bernhard, The Ratification of Ilo Conventions: A Failure Time Analysis (2000). ZEW Discussion Paper No. 00-14, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=374765 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.374765

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