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Course Theme:Growth and Competitiveness
Sub-Theme:Pathways to Development
Course Format:Facilitated
Time Commitment:4-5 hours per week for 4 weeks
Amount:US $ 0 (Course is free of charge)
Contact Name:Vasumathi Rollakanty
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April 28, 2014 - May 23, 2014
Application Ends On : April 25, 2014
This four-week course provides an overview of current global labor market trends in light of the financial crisis, and is intended to take a hard look at the challenges of employment creation by examining both demand-side and supply-side factors. Participants will be equipped with practical labor market analysis tools through exposure to the key labor market indicators that are used to assess the state of the labor market. It then introduces the MILES framework, which was developed in order to address various labor market issues, including macroeconomic policies, investment climates, labor market regulations, skills, employability, and social protection. The course continues to assess traditional employment creation policy options (such as increasing labor market flexibility, reforming regulations for employment protection and improving the investment climate), as well as the role of labor market institutions. Additionally, it analyzes the ‘pros’ and ‘cons’ of so called active and passive labor market programs.

Both timely and pertinent issues, such as the effects of trade and globalization on employment and migration, are specifically taken into consideration. The course also assesses long-term measures to increase labor force participation rates (particularly those of women), as well as the extent of informal employment in developing countries.

The course presents essential lessons which have been learned from both developing and developed economies, and provides participants with optimal policy recommendations in numerous country-specific contexts.

Target Audience:
Mid- to senior-level officials at ministries of labor, manpower, education, trade and industry, economy, science and technology, and finance, as well as youth leaders, researchers and academics.