Martin Ostermeier / Sarah Linde / Jann Lay / Sebastian Prediger

SMARTer Indicators for Decent Work in a Post-2015 Development Agenda: A Discussion and a Proposal

GIGA Working Paper, No. 266, February 2015

Abstract
The aim of this paper is to contribute to the ongoing discussion about the design of a post‐2015 development framework by proposing indicators to monitor employment outcomes. Our analysis of the current MDG employment indicators shows that measurement problems, the inappropriate use of aggregate statistics, ambiguous interpretability, and assumptions that often do not hold true in the context of developing countries are major shortcomings of the current indicators. Based on this critique, we develop a new set of indicators for productive employment and decent work. We propose four indicators: (i) the growth of labor value added per worker, (ii) the working poverty rate, (iii) (a) the share of workers receiving less than an absolute labor income and (b) the share of workers receiving less than 60 percent of the median labor income. We demonstrate the empirical application of these indicators using the country cases of Uganda and Peru.

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Martin Ostermeier

Associate
Research Fellow / Doctoral Student

Sarah Wiegel (née Linde)

Research Fellow / Doctoral Student

Apl. Prof. Dr. Jann Lay is head of GIGA Research Programme 3 “Growth and Development.” He is also an adjunct professor of development economics at the University of Göttingen. His research interests encompass various aspects of economic development in the Global South and Africa in particular, including (informal) employment and labour markets, the effects of so-called “land grabs”, and energy- and climate-related topics.

Dr. Sebastian Prediger is an economist and research fellow at the GIGA Institute of African Affairs. He is also a visiting lecturer at Friedrich‐Alexander University Erlangen‐Nuremberg.

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