MONITORING INTERNATIONAL LABOR STANDARDS

QUALITY OF INFORMATION

Summary of a Workshop

Margaret Hilton, Editor

Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education

Policy and Global Affairs Division

NATIONAL RESEARCH COUNCIL OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMIES

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MONITORING INTERNATIONAL LABOR STANDARDS QUALITY OF INFORMATION Summary of a Workshop Margaret Hilton, Editor Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education Policy and Global Affairs Division NATIONAL RESEARCH COUNCIL OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMIES THE NATIONAL ACADEMIES PRESS Washington, DC www.nap.edu

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Contents 1   Introduction   1 2   Challenges in Measuring Labor Market Conditions Across Countries   8 3   Assessing Compliance with Freedom of Association Standards   17 4   Information and Indicators of Forced Labor   30 5   Information and Indicators of Discrimination   37 6   Measuring Child Labor   46 7   Nongovernmental Labor Regulation and Information Disclosure   54     References   65     List of Acronyms   69

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    Appendixes     A   Workshop Speaker Biosketches   71 B   Audience List   79 C   The Committee on Monitoring International Labor Standards   83 D   The International Labour Organization (ILO) Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work   85