1. Introduction and Overview, David Kucera (ILO).- 2. Indicators of Labour Standard: An Overview and Comparison, Richard Block.- 3. Country-level Assessments of Labor Conditions in Emerging Markets: An Approach for Institutional Investors, Dan Viederman and Erik Klett.- 4. Decent Work, Standards and Indicators, Monique Zarka-Martres and Monique Guichard-Kelly.- 5. The Quantification of Respect for Selected Core Labor Standards: Towards a Social Development Index?, Ludo Cuyvers and Daniel Van Den Bulcke.- 6. Measuring Trade Union Rights by Violations of These Rights, David Kucera.- 7. Taking Labour Laws to the Domestic Dentist: Measuring Countries' Compliance with International Labour Non-discrimination Standards, Miriam Abu Sharkh.- 8. Towards an Index of Core Rights Gaps, W.R. Böhning.- 9. Employment Protection in Industrialized Countries: The Case for New Indicators, Giuseppe Bertola, Tito Boeri and Sandrine Cazes.- 10. Measuring Concealed Rights Violations: The Case of Forced Labour, Patrick Belser, Michaelle de Cock and Farhad Mehran.- Index.
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.