Recent years have witnessed a rapidly growing interest in the use and construction of "qualitative" indicators of labour standards. This volume results from a seminar that was organized to address these and related questions. The contributions offer a unique comparative critique of the progress toward standards. Contributors include academic experts as well as lawyers, social scientists and NGO experts who have done significant work on labour standards.
This volume describes a wide range of alternative methods of constructing qualitative indicators of labor standards. It provides a unique comparative critique of strengths and limitations of different methods of constructing qualitative indicators of labor standards with reference to different applications. Measuring compliance with labor standards is an undertaking intrinsically fraught with difficulty. For there are a number of possible sources of measurement error, both random and non-random, that are unique to such indicators, on top of those that affect qualitative and quantitative indicators alike. The growing use of qualitative indicators of labor standards thus raises a number of questions about comparative methods of construction as well as the appropriateness of particular methods for particular applications. This addresses these and other related questions.