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Finding Data: Data on Labor - Middle East


  • All The Ginis 1950-2012
    Combined Gini data from Luxembourg Income Study (suffix LIS), Socio-Economic Database for Latin America (suffix SEDLAC), World Income Distribution (suffix WYD; the full data set is available, World Bank Europe and Central Asia (suffix EE) and WIDER (suffix W) databases; with their key dummies (net/gross, income/expenditure, household/individual). More than 1500 consistent Gini values from 154 countries and covering the period from 1950 to 2012.

  • Carnegie Middle East Governance and Islam Dataset, 1988-2014
    Includes both individual-level and country-level variables. Data on individual-level variables are drawn from 56 surveys carried out in 14 Arab countries, Turkey, and Iran. Taken together, a total of 82,489 men and women were surveyed. Most of the surveys were carried out either as the first, second, and third wave of the Arab Barometer, the third, fourth, fifth, and sixth waves of the World Values Survey, or a project on attitudes related to governance carried out by Mark Tessler with funding from the National Science Foundation. The dataset also includes 4 earlier surveys, as well as variables based on 34 time-specific country-level characteristics, for example, Freedom House political freedom ratings; labor force attributes compiled by the World Bank, the United Nations and others; natural resource rents, also compiled by the World Bank; ratings on the United Nations Human Development Index; freedom of religion indices developed by the United States Department of State; and linguistic, ethnic and religious fractionalization indices compiled in a private research project. Demographic variables include age, sex, education, employment status, marital status, religion, and income.

  • Child labour survey (2004) (Palestine)
    Provides basic information on Palestinian child labor such as number of working children, work time, work hours and work days.

    Sample Size: approximately 10,334 households; 8,601 households had eligible children

  • Cross-national Nonstandard Work Data
    Country-level dataset with indicators of part-time work and other forms of nonstandard employment based on a sample of 50 countries between 2000 and 2010. The original sources for this dataset include the OECD, Eurostat, International Social Survey Programee, and ESS.

  • Impact of the Israeli measures on the well-being of the Palestinian children, women and the Palestinian household survey, 2001 : micro data.
    Main objective is to measure the impact of Israeli measures on Palestinian children, women, and households. Data collection took place during the period 4/11/2001-5/15/2001. A random stratified cluster sample was selected to represent the target population. Sample included enumeration areas close to clashes, settlements, and Israeli checkpoints. Sample also covered areas exposed to direct aggression from the Israeli military (shelling, shooting, uprooting of trees, land drifting, etc.) in addition to other areas. Includes projections of demographic and social characteristics for all household members, housing condition indicators, living level indicators for household, and main and secondary sources of income.

    Sample Size: Random stratified cluster sample

  • International Comparative Study on the Management, Productivity, and Effectiveness of Research Teams and Institutions (ICSOPRU), 1971-1989
    Aimed to improve the management of research teams and institutions and increase awareness of their responsibility concerning proper application of research results. Concrete objectives were twofold: (1) on the international level, to make widely available comparable facts and experiences concerning the management of research teams and to promote multilateral as well as bilateral cooperation in this field, and (2) on the national level to provide all those concerned (science policy-makers, research managers, scientists, engineers) with substantive information on the state of their national research potential and to encourage them, on the basis of this information compared eventually with similar information from other countries, to take self-corrective actions as needed to improve the level of effectiveness and productivity of the research teams and institutions. 17 countries from Africa, the Arab States, Asia, Europe and Latin America took part. There were 4 stages or rounds of data collection: 6 countries (Austria, Belgium, Finland, Hungary, Poland, Sweden) in Round 1 (February-September 1974), 6 countries (Argentina, Egypt, India, Republic of Korea [South], Poland, Ukrainian S.S.R.) in Round 2 (June 1978-September 1981), 5 countries (Brazil, India, Nigeria, Spain, Ukrainian S.S.R.) in Round 3 (October 1981-November 1985), and 4 countries (China, Ghana, Hungary, Mexico) in Round 4 (May 1985- June 1987). Each round of questionnaires had different items (except for Rounds 2 and 3 which were the same). Round 1 items included general administrative information relevant to the research units answered by the administrator of the unit, scientific information on the research unit and information relevant to the unit's head answered by the head of the unit, individual information answered by scientists and engineers of the unit, individual information answered by technicians of the unit, and external evaluation of the research units from various scientific and administrative perspectives answered by external evaluators. Rounds 2 and 3 included general information about the research unit answered by the head of the unit, information on the respondent and his or her evaluation of the research unit's management, items on productivity and effectiveness answered by head of the unit along with scientists, engineers, and technicians of the unit, EV-rating of the research unit's effectiveness on a series of dimensions dealing with scientific or social criteria and administrative criteria answered by external evaluators. The 4th round of questionnaires included information on the institutional environment of the research unit answered by the head of the institution, general information on the research unit answered by the head of the unit, information on the respondent and his or her evaluation of the research unit's management, items on productivity and effectiveness answered by the head of the unit, scientists, engineers, and technicians.

  • IPUMS-International Census Data
    Project dedicated to collecting and distributing census data from around the world. Samples are currently available for Argentina (1970, 1980, 1991, 2001, 2010), Armenia (2001, 2011), Austria (1971, 1981, 1991, 2001, 2011), Bangladesh (1991, 2001, 2011), Belarus (1999, 2009), Bolivia (1976, 1992, 2001), Botswana (1981, 1991, 2001, 2011), Brazil (1960, 1970, 1980, 1991, 2000, 2010), Burkina Faso (1985, 1996, 2006), Cambodia (1998, 2008), Cameroon (1976, 1987, 2005), Canada (1971, 1981, 1991, 2001, 2011), Chile (1960, 1970, 1982, 1992, 2002), China (1982, 1990, 2000), Colombia (1964, 1973, 1985, 1993, 2005), Costa Rica (1963, 1973, 1984, 2000, 2011), Cuba (2002), Dominican Republic (1960, 1970, 1981, 2002, 2010), Ecuador (1962, 1974, 1982, 1990, 2001, 2010), Egypt (1986, 1996, 2006), El Salvador (1992, 2007), Ethiopia [1984, 1994, 2007], Fiji (1966, 1976, 1986, 1996, 2007), France (1962, 1968, 1975, 1982, 1990, 1999, 2006, 2011), West Germany (1970, 1987), East Germany (1971, 1981) Ghana (1984, 2000, 2010), Greece (1971, 1981, 1991, 2001, 2011), Guinea (1983, 1996), Haiti (1971, 1982, 2003), Hungary (1970, 1980, 1990, 2001, 2011, India (1983, 1987, 1993, 1999, 2004, 2009 -- all employment surveys), Indonesia (1971, 1976, 1980, 1985, 1990, 2000, 2005, 2010), Iran (2006, 2011), Iraq (1997), Ireland (1971, 1979, 1981, 1986, 1991, 1996, 2002, 2006, 2011), Israel (1972, 1983, 1995), Italy (2001), Jamaica (1982, 1991, 2001), Jordan (2004), Kenya (1969, 1979, 1989, 1999, 2009), Kyrgyz Republic (1999, 2009), Liberia (1974, 2008), Malawi (1987, 1998, 2008), Malaysia (1970, 1980, 1991, 2000), Mali (1987, 1998, 2009), Mexico (1960, 1970, 1990, 1995, 2000, 2005, 2010, 2015), (Mongolia 1989, 2000), Morocco (1982, 1994, 2004), Mozambique [1997, 2007], Nepal (2001), Netherlands (1960, 1971, 2001), Nicaragua (1971, 1995, 2005), Nigeria (2006-2010), Pakistan (1973, 1981, 1998), Palestine (1997, 2007), Panama (1960, 1970, 1980, 1990, 2000, 2010), Paraguay [1962, 1972, 1982, 1992, 2002], Peru (1993, 2007), Philippines (1990, 1995, 2000), Poland (1978, 1988, 2002, 2011), Portugal (1981, 1991, 2001, 2011), Puerto Rico (1970, 1980, 1990, 2000, 2005, 2010), Romania (1977, 1992, 2002, 2011), Rwanda (1991, 2002), Saint Lucia (1980, 1991), Senegal (1988, 2002), Sierra Leone (2004), Slovenia (2002), South Africa (1996, 2001, 2007, 2011), Spain (1981, 1991, 2001, 2011), South Sudan (2008), Sudan (2008), Switzerland (1970, 1980, 1990, 2000), Tanzania (1988, 2002, 2012), Thailand (1970, 1980, 1990, 2000), Trinidad and Tobago (1970, 1980, 1990, 2000, 2011), Turkey (1985, 1990, 2000), Uganda (1991, 2001), Ukraine (2001), United Kingdom (1991, 2001), United States (1850+), Uruguay (1963, 1975, 1985, 1996, 2006, 2011), Venezuela (1971, 1981, 1990, 2001), Vietnam (1989, 1999, 2009), Zambia (1990, 2000, 2010). Registration is required.

  • Jordan - Comprehensive Baseline Study on Digital Remittances 2016, Demand-side Survey of Low-income Jordanians and Syrian Refugees in Jordan
    Baseline demand-side study of person-to-person (P2P) remittances in Jordan to gather insight into existing customers, non-customers and potential customers. This study informed the implementation of a larger project to improve access to remittances and other financial services through digital solutions for financially excluded groups. The focal population for this study was low-income Jordanians (defined as those with a monthly household income of under 400 Jordanian Dinars) and Syrian refugees who have been in Jordan for at least a year.

  • Jordan - Comprehensive Baseline Study on Digital Remittances 2016, Demand-side Survey of Low-income Jordanians and Syrian Refugees in Jordan
    Baseline demand-side study of person-to-person (P2P) remittances in Jordan to gather insight into existing customers, non-customers and potential customers. This study informed the implementation of a larger project to improve access to remittances and other financial services through digital solutions for financially excluded groups. The focal population for this study was low-income Jordanians (defined as those with a monthly household income of under 400 Jordanian Dinars) and Syrian refugees who have been in Jordan for at least a year. Focused on remittance activity and awareness and access to technology, with market forecasting for a digital remittance product. Key findings elicited insights into potential barriers to a digital remittance product, as well as enabling factors, and revealed a small market opportunity.

  • Jordan - Labor Market Panel Survey, 2010
    Requires registration.

  • Jordan - New Work Opportunities for Women (NOW) Pilot Impact Evaluation 2010-2013

  • Key Indicators of the Labour Market (9th edition) (KILM)
    9th edition exists in multiple formats and requires installation.

  • Labor Force Survey (Palestine)
    Includes a series of sample statistical surveys aimed to identify the reality of the Palestinian labor market. Also provides data essential for policy making and developing employment levels in the Palestinian Territory. Data provided represent data of the continuous labor force survey round from 1995-2004, on a quarterly basis. Also available in an easy to use SDA format.

    Sample Size: Each round targets 7,560 households representing about 22,000 individuals aged 15 years and older.

    Labor Force Survey (Palestine) (Electronic File)
    Version: 1995-2004

  • Luxembourg Income Studies (LIS)
    Household income surveys involving 43 countries. Also available are the Luxembourg Employment Study, a database containing data on labor force characteristics for 16 countries (ceased in 2000 and incorporated into LIS), and the Luxembourg Wealth Study, a database containing data on household wealth in 12 countries. Users must register to gain access, but registration is free for academic use. For variables in the LIS and LWS over time see their web sites.

  • Manpower Employment Outlook Survey (1st Quarter 2007+)
    Indicator of hiring activity for the next quarter. The forecast includes responses from over 65,000 employers in 42 countries and covers the world's major labor markets.

  • Migration and Remittances Factbook

  • Occupational Wages around the World (OWW) Database
    Contains occupational wage data for 161 occupations in 171 countries from 1983 to 2008.

  • Poverty survey 2003 micro data. (Palestine)
    Provides information on the effects of border closures and other political upheaval to the living standards of the Palestinian population. Also tracks changes in living standards and poverty. PCBS conducted the poverty survey in the Palestinian Territory during December 2003.

    Sample Size: 3,127 households (1,899 in the West Bank and 1,228 in the Gaza Strip)

  • School-to-work transition survey (SWTS) micro data files
    Between 2004 and 2006, the ILO partnered with 8 countries (Azerbaijan, China, Egypt, Iran, Kosovo, Mongolia, Nepal, Syria) to pilot its SWTS.

  • Social survey of Jerusalem, 2003 : micro data
    Main objective is to provide reliable and up-to-date basic statistical information about the Palestinian community in Jerusalem in the fields of demography, social affairs and household economy. Provides detailed statistics about education, health, labor force, cultural activities, and Israeli violations against Palestinian people in Jerusalem.

    Sample Size: Approximately 3,002 households including 16,029 persons.

  • Statistics of Trade Union Membership (1980-2009)
    Includes data for 49 countries. Dates vary by country but range from 1980-2009. For post 2009, use ILOSTAT. Once in click on "Browse by subject" then "Yearly indicators" then Industrial Relations.

    Statistics of Trade Union Membership (1980-2009) (Electronic File)
    Producer: International Labor Office

  • Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe (SHARE) -- Israel, 2005-2006

    Sample Size: Final sample of eligible households was 2,586 with 1,771 households being interviewed.

  • Time Use Survey 1999/2000 [Palestine]
    Presents data on the time spent on the various activities such as work activities inside or outside establishments, housework, household care activities, voluntary activities, educational activities, cultural and social activities, mass media use, and personal care. Also, provides data on the percentage of individuals who carried out such activities, and average time spent on carrying out such activities for those who practiced. In addition, this survey sheds light on the social environment surrounding the individual while practicing such activities, including participants, place of activity, and means of transportation used in carrying out the activity.

  • Work conditions survey 1997 (Palestine)
    Conducted as a supplement to the Labour Force Survey. Provides basic information on the employment characteristics of Palestinian labor in both the public and private sector including health condition at work, work environment, membership in labor unions and availability of employment contracts.

    Sample Size: 4,719 employed persons aged 15 years and older

  • Workplace Ethnography (WE) Project, 1944-2002
    Provided deep descriptions on a wide range of topics, such as worker behavior, management behavior, coworker relations, labor process, conflict and resistance, citizenship behavior, emotional labor, and sexual harassment. Coding of these characteristics yielded variables based on descriptions of worklife in specific organizational settings. The study data was collected in mainly two periods: the early 1990s and the early 2000s. The study generated 204 ethnographic cases. These cases were derived from 156 separate books since the observations reported in some books allowed the coding of multiple cases. The general scope of questions included organizational factors such as occupation, workplace organization, pay scheme, employment size, the situation of the company, the nature of company ownership, staff turnover, layoff frequency, how well the organization operated in terms of communications, recruitment and retention of personnel, and maintenance of equipment, as well as substantive facts concerning labor market opportunity, and labor force composition. On the topic of management, questions addressed leadership, organization of production, sexual harassment, and control strategies. Community factors were assessed through questions regarding unemployment and if the area was rural or urban. A series of questions addressed job satisfaction, pay, benefit package, job security, effort bargain, conflict with management/supervisors, training, worker strategies, conditions of consent/compliance, and nature of consent/compliance. The nature of work was queried through questions regarding autonomy, creativity, meaningful work, freedom of movement, comfort of work, injuries, employment status, and frequency of conflict with customers. Additional questions included size and nature of the focal group, group dynamics, conflict between the focal group and management, basis of alternative social groups at work, and if work friendships carried over to the outside. Questions about methodology covered ethnographer's theoretical orientation, focus of ethnography, ethnographer's gender, data collection method, supplemental data used, main type of supplemental data used, and position of key informant. Additional items gathered basic information about book title, author's last name, modal occupation, industry, country/region, and observer's role.

  • World Handbook of Aging and Social Security Indicators (1950-1980)
    Contains 184 variables prepared by the authors in connection with their comparative study of government support of the aged. The data is focused on indicators relevant to social security (social welfare) programs and to the health and welfare of the aged. Some variables have data on up to 131 nations, although most variables have data on fewer nations, as only a limited number of nations have social security data available.

  • Yemen Youth Internship Impact Evaluation 2015
    Evaluates a youth internship program in the Republic of Yemen that provided firms with a 50 % subsidy to hire recent graduates of universities and vocational schools. The 1st round of the program took place in 2014 and required both firms and youth to apply for the program. A short-term follow-up survey conducted just as civil conflict was breaking out shows that internship recipients had better employment outcomes than the control group in the first 5 months after the program ended.

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