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    ISBN: 99789264033030
    Publication: 19/06/2007
    Pages: 250

Labour markets in Brazil, Russia, India and China (BRICs) 
To what extent is rapid economic growth in the BRICs improving job prospects and wages in these countries? How are wage inequalities and poverty evolving? How quickly is the human capital available in the BRICs catching up with the OECD?

More jobs but less productive? The impact of labour market policies on productivity 
What is the impact of employment-friendly labour market reforms on productivity and economic growth? Is social protection harmful to productivity? Is a market-reliant labour market the only way to achieve high employment and strong productivity growth simultaneously?

OECD workers in the global economy: increasingly vulnerable?
Does globalisation, notably the integration of China and India in the world economy, render workers less secure or reduce their bargaining power? What are the implications of offshoring for employment and earnings? What can policy-makers do to ensure that workers receive their fair share of the gains from globalisation?


Financing social protection: the employment effects 
Should the financing of social protection primarily rely on social security contributions? Would a broader tax base help create new job opportunities? What are the pros and cons of reducing taxes and contributions on low-wage jobs and raising them on high-wage jobs?

Activating the unemployed: what countries do 
What are the main instruments used by employment services to "activate" jobseekers? How do they ensure that the jobseeker looks actively for employment? Which countries make participation in programmes like training or subsidised jobs compulsory after a period of unsuccessful job searching?

This book includes StatLinks, URLs which link statistical tables and graphs to Excel spreadsheets on the internet.

A German version of this book is also available.

A corrigendum for this publication is available at

Further downloadable materials

Editorial:   Addressing the globalisation paradox (100Kb, PDF, English)

Chapter 1: Labour markets in Brazil, Russia, India and China (BRICs)
Free material on line: Tables 1.1 to 1.4 (66Kb, xls, English)
Further material: Tables 1.A1.1 to 1.A1.5 (330Kb, xls, Englsih) 
For further reading:
An informal seminar was organised in March 2007 to gather expert views on labour market developments in Brazil, China and India. This page contains the papers presented by the three expert participants at the seminar and the OECD Secretariat.

Chapter 2: More jobs but less productive? The impact of labour market policies on productivity
Further material: Annexes 2.A2 to 2.A4 (196Kb, PDF, English)

Chapter 3: OECD workers in the global economy: increasingly vulnerable?Further material: Annexes 3.B to 3.D (228Kb, PDF, English)

Chapter 4: Financing social protection: the employment effects
Corrigendum to Box 4.6
Further material: Annexes 4.A1 to 4.A4 (100Kb, PDF, English)

                         Table 4.A1.1 (73 Kb, xls, English)

Chapter 5: Activating the unemployed: what countries do
Further material: Compendium of National Replies to the OECD Questionnaire on Interventions in the Unemployment Spell

Statistical Annex
Table H ("Earnings dispersion, gender wage gap and incidence of low pay") in the Statistical Annex to the OECD Employment Outlook 2007 contained incorrect earnings data for Hungary. Click here for a corrected version of this table.


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