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The Economics subject guide gives you access to useful library databases and trusted Web resources, relevant for researching many topics in economics or finance

Labour Economics

Portal to various ILO databases:

ILOSTAT - the ILOs major database (statistics for over 200 countries, with data back to 1945 for some countries).
Labour Force Surveys
INWORK (wages & working conditions)
Labordoc is the digital repository of ILO publications

The ILO's flagship publication is Key indicators of the labour market

Child Labour

Data on child labour is collected through surveys, periodically (intervals of several years or more). Main sources of data are:

Gig Economy

Jamie Woodcock's latest  book on this topic is freely available to download here

Trades Unions

For the UK the Labour Force Survey is the official source of data used to measure trade union membership, but data is also available from the following surveys: Workplace Employment relations Survey; Skills and Employment Survey; Understanding Society (all available through UKDS)   


See also links on the Business and Sociology subject guides