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World Employment and Social Outlook: Trends 2019

International Labour Organization  
Policy Initiative: Future of Work
15. February 2019

This report provides an overview of global and regional trends in employment, unemployment, labour force participation, productivity, as well as employment status, informal employment and working poverty. It also examines income and social developments, and provides an indicator of social unrest. A key finding is that poor job quality is a prime concern for the most of the global labour force. In addition, unemployment and labour underutilization remain high in many countries, despite improvements in recent years. The report also…

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Global Energy Perspective 2019

McKinsey&Company  
Policy Initiative: Energy Policy
15. February 2019

Energy systems around the world are going through rapid transitions that affect many aspects of our lives. The continuation and acceleration of these shifts will bring important changes to the way we fuel our cars, heat our homes, and power our industries in the coming decades. Our Reference Case provides our consensus view on how energy demand will evolve. McKinsey&Company| Global Energy Perspective 2019  

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Does Automation in Rich Countries Hurt Developing Ones? Evidence from the U.S. and Mexico

The World Bank  
Policy Initiative: Future of Work
15. February 2019

Following a couple of decades of offshoring, the fear today is of reshoring. Using administrative data on Mexican exports by municipality, sector and destination from 2004 to 2014, this paper investigates how local labor markets in Mexico that are more exposed to automation in the U.S. through trade fared in exports and employment outcomes. The results show that an increase of one robot per thousand workers in the U.S. -- about twice the increase observed between 2004-2014 -- lowers growth…

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Shifting Currents: Opportunities For Low-Carbon Electric Cities In The Global South

World Resources Institute  
Policy Initiative: Innovation and Economic Diversification
15. February 2019

The paper uses two criteria to identify cities in the Global South that today are candidates for electrification – replacing fossil fuel–powered vehicles, stoves, furnaces and other devices with electric alternatives. First, urban access to electricity (i.e., the percentage of people with a household electricity connection) must already be greater than 90 percent. Below this threshold, electrification of fossil fuel–consuming devices may worsen inequities in access. Second, the carbon intensity of electricity supply must be below a threshold of 600…

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UNDP Gender Equality Strategy 2018-2021

United Nations Development Programme  
Policy Initiative: Other
15. February 2019

UNDP is committed to making gender equality, a basic human right and a necessity for a sustainable world, a reality. Women's empowerment and gender equality are vital to achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which envisions a world “of universal respect for human rights and human dignity” in which “every woman and girl enjoys full gender equality and all legal, social and economic barriers to their empowerment have been removed.” UNDP| UNDP Gender Equality Strategy 2018-2021

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High-Growth Firms : Facts, Fiction, and Policy Options for Emerging Economies

The World Bank Group  
Policy Initiative: Innovation and Economic Diversification
15. February 2019

Remarkably, a small fraction of firms account for most of the job and output creation in high-income and developing countries alike. Does this imply that the path to enabling more economic dynamism lies in selectively targeting high-potential firms? Or would pursuing broad-based reforms that minimize distortions be more effective? Inspired by these questions, this book presents new evidence on the incidence, characteristics, and drivers of high-growth firms based on in-depth studies of firm dynamics in Brazil, Côte d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Hungary,…

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The Good Jobs Challenge

Project Syndicate  
Policy Initiative: Future of Work
8. February 2019

Every economy in the world today is divided between an advanced segment, typically globally integrated, employing a minority of the labor force, and a low-productivity segment that absorbs the bulk of the workforce, often at low wages and under poor conditions. How should policymakers address this dualism? Project Syndicate| The Good Jobs Challenge

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Linking Aid to the Sustainable Development Goals – a machine learning approach

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development  
Policy Initiative: Innovation and Economic Diversification
8. February 2019

Official Development Assistance amounted USD 146.6 billions in 2017 but do we know how much of this aid contributed to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)? And to what SDG in particular? This paper present a new methodology using machine learning designed to link project-based flows to the Sustainable Development Goals. It provide first estimates of DAC and non-DAC donors’ aid contribution for the goal and show that similar analysis can be done at the recipient level and for other type…

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