Work and Employment for a Sustainable Future

Work and Employment for a Sustainable Future

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Module 1: Decent Work for Sustainable Development
1.1 Introduction to SDG 8: The Link between Work and Sustainable Development
1.2 Employment, Decent Work and Social Justice for Sustainability
1.3 Link between Employment, Work, Income and Wealth
1.4 Measuring Decent Work and SDG 8
1.5 Implosion Points, Demographic Change, Changing Nature and Locations of Jobs and Incomes

Module 2: Transitions in Employment and Work
2.1 A Structural Shifts in Economies and Work
2.1 B Structural Shifts in Economies and Work: Skill Bias
2.2 Work in a Post Manufacturing World
2.3 AMacroeconomic Context of Diminishing Returns to Labor
2.3 BMacroeconomic Context of Diminishing Returns to Labor: Social Democratic Model
2.4 Disaggregating Productivity Gains
2.5 Global Perspectives on Changes to Formal Employment

Module 3: Challenges of Work: Informality, Gender and Child Labor
3.1 Informal Employment: Definitions and Debates
3.2 Global Data: Size, Composition and Characteristics
3.3 Urban Informal Self-Employment
3.4 AInformal Self Employment: Informal Enterprises
3.4 BInformal Self Employment: Dependent Contractors
3.5 Challenges for Policy for Informal Workers and Enterprises
3.6 Formalization and Decent Work
3.7 Women in the Informal Workforce
3.8 Child Labor
3.9 Case Study: Modern Slavery and Children

Module 4: Current Policy Responses
4.1 Tracing the Rise of a Modern Welfare State
4.2 Features of a Modern Welfare State
4.3 New Policy Instruments
4.4 Developing Policies for the Education to Work Pipeline

Module 5: Structural and Institutional Models for the Future of Work
5.1 The New Dilemma of Development
5.2 The Knowledge Economy and Its Future
5.3 Labor and Capital
5.4 Finance and the Real Economy
5.5 The Capable Agent: Education

Module 6: Future of Jobs and Work
6.1 Automation, Work and Wellbeing: Lessons from History
6.2 The Political Economy of Automation
6.3 Skills and the Jobs of the Future: Implications for Education and Training
6.4 Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Work
6.5 Challenge and Opportunities for Stable Inclusive Societies

Module 7: Special Module in Partnership with the ILO: Achieving SDG 8 and Realizing Decent Work for All
7.1 Promoting Full and Productive Employment
7.2 A Transformative Agenda for Gender Equality at Work
7.3 International Labour Standards
7.4 Labor Market Governance and Social Dialogue in the Face of Rapid Changes
7.5 Policies to Realize the Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work
7.6 Universal, Adequate and Comprehensive Social Protection



Policy professionals who want to understand frameworks for SDG planning

Development practitioners seeking knowledge on goals-based development

Advanced undergraduates and graduate students interested in economics, development, and other key concepts related to the SDGs


Jeffrey Sachs, Columbia University

Kailash Satyarthi, Kailash Satyarthi Children's Foundation

Guy Ryder, International Labour Organization

Jeemol Unni, Ahmedabad University

Martha Chen, Harvard University

Carl Frey, University of Oxford

Bo Rothstein, University of Gothenburg

Roberto Mangabeira Unger, Harvard University


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