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2014

  1. International Comparisons of Annual Labor Force Statistics

    September 2014 | Research Report

    The International Labor Comparisons (ILC) program prepares international comparisons of economic indicators across countries, pinpointing differences in labor market tightness, unemployment, and labor force participation in various population categories.

  2. From Not Enough Jobs to Not Enough Workers: CHRO Implications

    September 2014 | Key Business Issues

    CHROs will play a central role in dealing with the labor shortages caused by baby boomer retirements. This CHRO Implications outlines actions they can take to offset higher wages and minimize profit loss.

  3. From Not Enough Jobs to Not Enough Workers: CFO Implications

    September 2014 | Key Business Issues

    Baby boomer retirements will cause labor shortages in mature economies, leading to higher wages and lower profits. How can CFOs mitigate these effects? This CFO Implications outlines actions and provides tools to predict shortages.

  4. From Not Enough Jobs to Not Enough Workers: What Retiring Baby Boomers and the Coming Labor Shortage Mean for Your Company

    September 2014 | Key Business Issues

    The retirement of baby boomers will create labor shortages in mature economies worldwide. This report covers implications for companies and actions they can take.

  5. From Not Enough Jobs to Not Enough Workers: STRATEGIC OVERVIEW

    September 2014 | Key Business Issues

    Is your organization at risk of labor shortages? This Strategic Overview covers the potential implications of labor shortages and what every function can do to mitigate there effects.

  6. US Salary Increase Budgets for 2015

    August 2014 | Research Report

    United States salary increase budget projections for 2015 reflect a 3.00 percent median increase, the same as the actual rate of increase in the previous four years dating back to 2011.

  7. Conference Board Labor Markets in Review™: Vol. 4, 2014

    July 2014 | Periodical

    Economic expansion and the massive retirement of the baby boom generation in many mature economies are tightening labor markets—but the degree of current tightness and how rapidly the labor markets are tightening varies significantly across countries.

  8. Is This the End of Work? Information Technologies and Labor Market Disruption: A Cross-Atlantic Conversation

    July 2014 | Executive Action Report

    So far, the digital revolution has produced technology but not jobs. What is the impact of technology on employment? Leaders from Canada, Europe, and the United States tackle this question.

  9. Conference Board Economics Watch® European View

    July 2014 | Economics Watch Reports

    As the European Central Bank takes action for more support, the European economic outlook remains weak.

  10. Job Satisfaction: 2014 Edition

    June 2014 | Research Report

    According to the current edition of The Conference Board Job Satisfaction survey, and for the eighth straight year, less than half of US workers are satisfied with their jobs.

  11. Knowledge Spillovers, ICT and Productivity Growth

    June 2014 | Economics Program Working Paper Series

    by Carol Corrado, Jonathan Haskel, and Cecilia Jona-Lasinio

    May 2014 - EPWP #14 – 02

    What are the channels through which intangible assets affect productivity?

  12. Nobody's Perfect: Overcoming the Limitations of External Labor Data to Drive Better Business Decisions

    June 2014 | Research Report

    This report details how to skillfully combine data from a variety of sources to inform HR strategy and business decisions.

  13. From a Buyer’s Market to a Seller’s Market: Declining Unemployment and Evolving Labor Shortages in the United States

    May 2014 | Executive Action Report

    Demographic trends and the imminent departure from the workforce of the baby boom generation point to the emergence of a “sellers’ market” when it comes to skilled talent.

  14. Conference Board CEO Challenge® 2014: Latin America Edition

    April 2014 | Research Report

    This report provides an analysis of survey results from the Latin America region, providing a unique vision that top executives share in these emerging markets.

  15. Conference Board CEO Challenge® 2014: ASEAN Edition

    April 2014 | Research Report

    CEOs in ASEAN are seeking strong business leadership that is able to drive change and not afraid to boldly innovate (and even fail) in a performance-focused environment.

  16. Conference Board Economics Watch® United States View

    April 2014 | Economics Watch Reports

    Economic growth is poised for some solid gains. The housing and labor markets are the keys to this improvement. The current path also suggests increased business investment for the remainder of the year.

  17. International Indexes of Consumer Prices 2013

    April 2014 | Research Report

    Based on price indexes compiled by The Conference Board International Labor Comparisons program, average annual inflation in 2013 slowed in 13 of the 16 economies compared.

  18. CEO Challenges in the Gulf Region

    April 2014 | CEO Challenge®

    CEOs in the Gulf region reported a significantly different set of priorities than did CEOs globally, with strategies that reflect the particular business challenges of a resource-rich, energy-dependent region.

  19. China Center Chart of the Week: Labor productivity growth in China continues to slow – even from its low base level

    March 2014 | China Center Publications

    Labor productivity is a critical indicator because it is strongly related to living standard measures. The higher the relative level of labor productivity, the greater the chance for economic expansion.

  20. Charting International Labor Comparisons

    March 2014 | Research Report

    Compare national labor markets and international competitiveness through charts and accompanying insights. Charts highlight labor costs, labor productivity, and other comparable indicators for up to 38 countries, including emerging economies.

  21. Conference Board Economics Watch® European View

    February 2014 | Economics Watch Reports

    The outlook for the European economy continues to improve, but headwinds persist.

  22. Conference Board Economics Watch® European View

    February 2014 | Economics Watch Reports

    The European recovery continues to be slow, even though optimism increases

  23. Conference Board CEO Challenge® 2014: People and Performance

    January 2014 | CEO Challenge®

    While CEOs see talent as the critical link in meeting their top business challenges, the 2014 CEO Challenge survey results show a heightened focus on customers and reputation and less concern about regulation and external risk.

2013

  1. Conference Board Labor Markets in Review™: Vol. 3, No. 1, 2013

    December 2013 | Periodical

    Globally the economy has not returned to pre-recession growth levels. This report analyzes the effects of the different stages of recovery on labor market conditions, with a particular focus on the United States and Europe.

  2. Board Asia Newsletter

    December 2013 | Periodical

    Major news covered in this issue includes details of the launch of The Conference Board Leading Economic Index® for India and the ASEAN Leadership 2.0 project, an ongoing dialogue on leadership issues.

  3. Conference Board Human Capital in Review™: Focus on Health Care (Vol. 1, No. 1, 2013)

    November 2013 | Human Capital in Review

    How will the new health care laws affect individual companies? The sea change underway presents implementation and retention challenges for businesses within and outside the health care sector.

  4. Where Did Productivity Go? Can Incentives to Grow the Workforce Be Found?

    October 2013 | Global Debt and Growth Series

    From 1990-2012, Japan’s gross debt/GDP increased from 68 percent to 237 percent. Today, productivity is low and falling, the workforce is shrinking, and deflation and debt-deflation risks loom large.

  5. Deep Dive Exchange Insights: Wage Escalation in China -- What Assumptions Make Sense for the Future?

    October 2013 | China Center Publications

    A summary of discussion points, learnings, business issues, and implications from the China Center's October 2013 Deep Dive Exchange session on wage escalation in China.

  6. Addressing National Talent Shortages: What Countries Are Doing, What Companies Can Learn

    September 2013 | Research Report

    Companies can learn a lot about effective strategic workforce planning by looking at the steps India, Canada, and Singapore are taking to shore up their future talent supply needs.

  7. What Is Human Rights Risk? Should My Company Be Concerned about It?

    September 2013 | Executive Action Report

    Explore what human rights risk is, why companies should care, and how they can incorporate human rights due diligence into their business processes.

  8. U.S. Top Executive Compensation Report: 2013 Edition

    August 2013 | Research Report

    As in 2011, the food and tobacco industry in 2012 had the highest median CEO total compensation ($7.64 million) and second-highest total cash compensation among the 22 industries we examined.

  9. China Center Chart of the Week: Labor productivity performance enabled by reform – a key to China’s competitiveness gains

    July 2013 | China Center Publications

    This chart demonstrates that China has done a good job catching up, and even surpassing, some emerging market peers on labor productivity. However, state-dominated sectors are dragging down productivity levels for the overall economy.

  10. Where Will the Jobs Go?

    July 2013 | The Conference Board Review

    Technology may soon make obsolete factory workers, professors, nurses, and Teamsters.

  11. China Center Chart of the Week: Wage escalation is high and disparity of wage levels across industries pronounced

    July 2013 | China Center Publications

    Wage data are notoriously spotty in China. Using our own estimation of “Total Labor Compensation per Employee”, we are able to illuminate the trajectory and magnitude of wage escalation in China’s industrial/manufacturing sector.

  12. U.S. Salary Increase Budgets for 2014

    June 2013 | Research Report

    U.S. salary increase budgets for 2013 will have a median increase of 3 percent, just like last year. Projections for 2014 are also 3 percent.

  13. Job Satisfaction: 2013 Edition

    June 2013 | Research Report

    Although most U.S. workers are still dissatisfied with their jobs overall, they are happier with some elements of the job than they were before the recession.

  14. Globalization Revisited: Who Will Get the New Wave of Knowledge Process Jobs?

    April 2013 | Executive Action Report

    Offshoring is no longer the best or the only answer for management of knowledge process jobs, and many companies are investigating nearshore and onshore alternatives as the global competition for knowledge jobs intensifies.

  15. Managing the Total Workforce: Bringing Contingent Labor inside the Strategic Workforce Planning Tent

    April 2013 | Research Report

    Creating a total workforce management framework gives companies a holistic understanding of how they use talent today and helps them evaluate future options.

  16. Peer Groups Understanding CEO Compensation and a Proposal for a New Approach

    April 2013 | Director Notes

    The use of external peer benchmarking in setting executive compensation has contributed to the problem of high and rising pay in the United States.

  17. China Center Chart of the Week: China’s demographic shift has “officially” begun – at least according to the NBS definition

    March 2013 | China Center Publications

    This chart shows the breakdown of the Chinese population by age group. In January, the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) announced that the country’s working age population (ages 15 to 59) shrank for the first time in 2012.

  18. Director Compensation and Board Practices: 2013 Edition

    February 2013 | Research Report

    This report analyzes findings from a 2012 survey of 359 companies and provides benchmarking information on the compensation awarded to individual board members in FY2011 and on board practices.

  19. Trapped on the Worker Treadmill?

    January 2013 | Executive Action Report

    Why more U.S. workers than ever before are planning to delay retirement

  20. Will the Decline in Unit Labor Cost in Europe's Troubled Economies Help Improve Competitiveness?

    January 2013 | Executive Action Report

    Will the blood, sweat, and tears poured into reforming European economies pay off?

  21. 2012 Executive Compensation Conference KeyNotes Report

    January 2013 | Conference KeyNotes

    As say on pay enters its third year, it has empowered shareholders to cast “no” votes to proxy statement descriptions of executive compensation programs that fail to make the grade.

  22. Addressing the Talent Shortage in China and India: Leveraging Women in the Workforce

    January 2013 | Executive Action Report

    Women are underutilized in labor markets in Asia. Leveraging women in the workforce is essential to resolve this talent shortage and promote both social and economic development in these countries.

  23. Pay Problem: It's not that we pay CEOs too much—it's that we pay everyone else too little.

    January 2013 | The Conference Board Review

    High CEO pay still gets all the attention, but it's no longer a problem that demands immediate fixing. What companies need to address is how they compensate everyone else.

2012

  1. China Center Chart of the Week: Rising unit labor costs underscore the imperative for economic transition

    December 2012 | China Center Publications

    This chart shows China’s unit labor cost – the average cost of labor per unit of output (ULC) – as a percent of the United States’ ULC. Growth in a country’s ULC is a key measure of its competitiveness.

  2. Conference Board Labor Markets in Review™: Vol. 2, No. 3, 2012

    December 2012 | Periodical

    This periodical publication offers an expert perspective on the implications of current economic conditions on the labor market, with specific focus on the United States, Europe, and emerging markets.

  3. China Center Chart of the Week: Consumption is the most important driver of labor demand

    December 2012 | China Center Publications

    This chart explores overall labor demand (i.e. both direct and indirect) generated by household consumption, government consumption, investment, and exports in China.

  4. Projecting Global Growth

    November 2012 | Economics Program Working Paper Series

    by Vivian Chen, Ben Cheng, Gad Levanon, Ataman Ozyildirim and Bart van Ark
    November 2012 - EPWP #12 – 02

  5. 2012 Executive Compensation Conference KeyNotes Report

    October 2012 | Conference KeyNotes

    Companies can show they are taking shareholder feedback into account by reaching out to investors regardless of how they voted and changing future compensation programs based on investors feedback. 

  6. U.S. Top Executive Compensation Report: 2012 Edition

    August 2012 | Research Report

    Has scrutiny of CEO compensation since the financial crisis changed the way executives are paid? We examine the take of the five highest-paid execs of 2,411 companies to find out.

  7. Despite the Chaos, Europe's Economies Are Regaining Competitiveness through Improvements in Unit Labor Cost Performance

    July 2012 | Executive Action Report

    Can Europe’s recent gains in productivity and lower unit labor costs be sustained?

  8. Conference Board® Labor Markets in Review™: Vol. 2, No. 2

    July 2012 | Periodical

    This issue includes an overview of the main economic and labor market conditions in the United States, Europe, and Asia, as well as several special topics.

  9. Job Satisfaction: 2012 Edition

    June 2012 | Research Report

    Respondents to the 2011 version of The Conference Board Job Satisfaction Survey indicated higher levels of job satisfaction for the first time since the recession began in 2008.

  10. U.S. Salary Increase Budgets for 2013

    June 2012 | Research Report

    Based on a sample of 316 companies, this edition of The Conference Board survey of U.S. salary increase budgets reveals a median increase of 3 percent, just like last year.

  11. Total Factor Productivity among Cities in China: Estimation and Explanation

    June 2012 | Economics Program Working Paper Series

    by Yan Xu and Shu Yu
    June 2012 - EPWP #12 – 01

  12. Global Supply Chain Labor Standards

    May 2012 | Director Notes

    This report examines the adoption of supplier codes of conduct and supply chain labor policies; a framework for implementing supply chain sustainability programs, and media coverage, proxy voting guidelines and shareholder proposals related to this topic.

  13. Feeling the Pain: Wage Growth in the United States during and after the Great Recession

    April 2012 | Executive Action Report

    This report analyzes the impact of the Great Recession on wage growth in the United States from several perspectives, and describes the different effects on the earnings of various demographic groups.

  14. China Productivity: Labor Productivity by Ownership Type

    March 2012 | China Center Publications

    This report measures China’s industry productivity by ownership type, comparing state-owned enterprises, privately owned domestic firms, foreign-invested firms, and smaller firms for the period of 1995-2009.

  15. Recession Aftermath: What the Delayed Retirement of Mature Workers Means for Business

    March 2012 | Executive Action Report

    Fallout from the recession of 2008-2009 has accelerated the trend toward delayed retirement in the United States, making it critical for organizations to manage their maturing workforces actively.

  16. A Perfect Storm: Europe’s Looming Pension Crisis

    January 2012 | Executive Action Report

    Europe’s pension crisis stems from three trends: benefits that are no longer supported by employee contributions, the recent recession, and Europe’s aging population.

  17. Conference Board® Labor Markets in Review™: Vol. 2, No. 1

    January 2012 | Periodical

    This periodical publication offers an expert perspective on the implications of current economic conditions on the labor market, with specific focus on the United States, Europe, and emerging markets.

2011

  1. Constructing a Data Set on Labour Composition Change

    December 2011 | Economics Program Working Paper Series

    by Boele Bonthuis
    December 2011 - EPWP #11 – 04

  2. Europe’s Great Labor Market Divide

    December 2011 | Executive Action Report

    The gulf between the haves and the have nots in Europe will likely continue to put stress on the future of European unity and trigger even more intense debate about the future of the Euro Area itself.

  3. 2011 U.S. Director Compensation and Board Practices Report

    November 2011 | Research Report

    This report analyzes findings from a 2011 survey of 334 companies issuing equity securities registered with the U.S. SEC and provides benchmarking information on the compensation awarded to individual board members in FY2010 and on board practices.

  4. Excess Pay and the Dodd-Frank Clawback

    October 2011 | Director Notes

    This report discusses excess pay’s cost to investors, explains why most existing clawbacks fall short of what Dodd–Frank is likely to require, and offers guidance for boards seeking to minimize excess pay not reached by Dodd–Frank.

  5. Conference Board® Labor Markets in Review™: Vol. 1, No. 1

    October 2011 | Periodical

    This periodical publication offers an expert perspective on the implications of current economic conditions on the labor market, with specific focus on the United States, Europe, and emerging markets.

  6. A Closer Look: Reassessing executives' value in a changing economy

    October 2011 | The Conference Board Review

    In this rocky economic landscape, those responsible for assessing and valuing C-suite talent are assessing candidates with fresh eyes.

  7. 2011 U.S. Top Executive Compensation Report

    September 2011 | Research Report

    This report examines salary, total cash compensation, total compensation, and the mix of compensation elements for the CEO and the five highest-paid executives for specific revenue and industry groups.

  8. SOP Drives Compensation Program Changes to Enhance Pay/Performance Link

    September 2011 | Director Notes

    This report examines recent compensation program changes made by some Fortune 500 companies to enhance the link between pay and performance in preparation for their first say-on-pay votes, and provides recommendations for companies to consider.

  9. U.S. Workers Are Delaying Retirement: Who and Why, and Implications for Businesses

    September 2011 | Economics Program Working Paper Series

    by Gad Levanon and Ben Cheng, September 2011. - EPWP #11 – 02

  10. Impact of ICT on Production of Goods and Services: The Impact of ICT on the Geographic Distribution of Employment

    July 2011 | Economics Program Working Paper Series

    by Vlad Manole and Randall Weiss, July 2011. - ICTLinkedWorld #5

  11. What About the Rest of Us? Beyond CEO pay

    July 2011 | The Conference Board Review

    When it comes to pay, CEO pay gets the lion's share of attention. How we pay all the other corporate executives says much more about issues of compensation.

  12. U.S. Salary Increase Budgets for 2012

    June 2011 | Research Report

    The latest edition of The Conference Board survey of U.S. salary increase budgets found that these budgets will have a median increase of 3.00 percent in 2011.

  13. Performance 2011: Productivity, Employment, and Growth in the World's Economies

    June 2011 | Research Report

    This report takes a detailed look at the drivers of output growth, comparing the contributions of labor productivity and employment across years and across more than 100 countries.

  14. U.S. Workers Delaying Retirement: What Businesses Can Learn from the Trends of Who, Where, and Why

    May 2011 | Executive Action Report

    U.S. workers have been working longer and retiring later since the mid-1990s, but the Great Recession has put even greater pressure on workers to stay on the job.

  15. Where Are the Jobs?

    May 2011 | Executive Action Report

    Twenty-one months into the recovery, the U.S. economy has failed to add any jobs despite economic growth.

  16. Employers and U.S. Public Education – Facilitating an Open Discussion about the Role of Business in U.S. Public Schools

    February 2011 | Council Perspectives

    A guide to be used by employers to discuss with employees why they invest in education and how employees can engage in those programs as well as become better consumers of education.
    Program Inventory 

  17. Giving the Working Poor a Working Chance

    February 2011 | Council Perspectives

    How can business and the world’s corporations help efforts to alleviate global poverty? And what is the rationale for getting involved?

2010

  1. Under Pressure: The Widening Wage Gap between China's Haves and Have-Nots

    November 2010 | Executive Action Report

    Will soaring wages and protesting workers eventually erode one of China's most prominent global economic advantages—its low labor costs?

  2. 2010 U.S. Top Executive Compensation Report

    November 2010 | Research Report

    This report examines salary, total cash compensation, total compensation, and the mix of compensation elements for the CEO and the five highest-paid executives for specific revenue and industry groups.

  3. 2010 U.S. Top Executive Compensation Report

    November 2010 | Key Findings

    This report examines salary, total cash compensation, total compensation, and the mix of compensation elements for the CEO and the five highest-paid executives for specific revenue and industry groups.

  4. 2010 U.S. Directors' Compensation and Board Practices Report

    October 2010 | Research Report

    The 2010 U.S. Directors’ Compensation and Board Practices Report analyzes findings from a survey of 279 corporate secretaries administered by The Conference Board in May and June 2010.

  5. Treating Contingent Workers as a Strategic Resource

    September 2010 | Executive Action Report

    While the use of temporary help of all kinds has increased, many companies do not have a centralized framework to make the most cost-efficient and strategic use of this new workforce.

  6. Compensation-Related Risk and Compensation Consultants

    August 2010 | Director Notes

    This is the last in a series of four studies developed in collaboration with Davis Polk & Wardwell to provide guidelines and examples to member companies of The Conference Board on emerging practices following the SEC enhanced disclosure reform.

  7. U.S. Salary Increase Budgets for 2011

    July 2010 | Research Report

    U.S. salary increase budgets remain historically low—for the second straight year the median increase is 2.5 percent.

  8. Increasing U.S. Business Investment in Postsecondary Credentialing for New Workforce Entrants

    March 2010 | Executive Action Report

    Can businesses be persuaded to invest in tomorrow's workforce through increased postsecondary credentials?

  9. 2009 Directors' Compensation and Board Practices Report

    March 2010 | Research Report

    This report analyzes director compensation and board structures in U.S.-based public companies based on proxy data through May 2009 from 2,436 companies and the results of a 2009 survey of corporate secretaries by The Conference Board.

  10. Labor Market Transitions: from Recession to Recovery

    March 2010 | Executive Action Report

    This report explores the factors in a recovery that drive the employment level and the unemployment rate. It offers an analysis of where the U.S. labor market stands and where it may be headed.

  11. Case for Businesses to Invest in Post-Secondary Credentials

    February 2010 | Economics Program Working Paper Series

    by Chris Woock, February 2010 . - EPWP #10 – 01

  12. U.S. Salary Increase Budgets for 2010—Winter Update

    January 2010 | Research Report

    Revised projections for U.S. Salary increase budgets in 2010 have dipped below 3 percent for the first time in more than two decades, barely staying ahead of The Conference Board’s forecasted inflation rate.

  13. I Can’t Get No...Job Satisfaction, That Is

    January 2010 | Research Report

    In the 2009 edition of an annual job satisfaction survey conducted for The Conference Board, only 45 percent of Americans said they were satisfied with their jobs

2009

  1. 2009 Top Executive Compensation Report

    December 2009 | Research Report

    This report examines salary, total cash compensation, total compensation, and the mix of compensation elements for the CEO and the five highest-paid executives for specific revenue and industry groups.

  2. 2009 Top Executive Compensation Report

    December 2009 | Key Findings

    This report examines salary, total cash compensation, total compensation, and the mix of compensation elements for the CEO and the five highest-paid executives for specific revenue and industry groups.

  3. Impact of Workforce Reductions on Layoff “Survivors”

    November 2009 | Executive Action Report

    This Executive Action features data on how layoffs were conducted, what support is being offered to employees who are leaving and who are staying, and some write-in comments on how respondents’ roles and companies are changing.

  4. Conference Board Task Force on Executive Compensation

    September 2009 | Research Report

    The Conference Board convened the Task Force on Executive Compensation in March 2009 to address the loss of public trust in the processes for oversight of executive compensation.

  5. U.S. Salary Increase Budgets for 2010

    August 2009 | Research Report

    Salary increase budgets were hit hard in 2009. The good news for 2010 — budgets are projected to be higher. The bad news — the forecasted increase, at 3 percent, is the lowest in 25 years.

  6. Ill-Prepared U.S. Workforce

    August 2009 | Key Findings

    This report raises several questions concerning the overall effectiveness of workforce readiness training programs.

  7. Productivity, Performance, and Progress: Germany in International Comparative Perspective

    August 2009 | Research Report

    This study argues that the key to a successful and sustainable growth strategy for any time and place is to find the optimal balance between labour productivity growth and labour input growth.

  8. Productivity, Performance, and Progress: Germany in International Comparative Perspective

    August 2009 | Key Findings

    This study argues that the key to a successful and sustainable growth strategy for any time and place is to find the optimal balance between labour productivity growth and labour input growth.

  9. A Perfect Match? How Nonprofits Are Tapping into the Boomer Talent Pool

    August 2009 | Research Report

    This report explores the growing trend of nonprofits to recruit boomers and the things both sides need to do to make this very promising relationship work.

  10. A Perfect Match? How Nonprofits Are Tapping into the Boomer Talent Pool

    August 2009 | Key Findings

    This report explores the growing trend of nonprofits to recruit boomers and the things both sides need to do to make this very promising relationship work.

  11. Relieving Pressures to Eliminate Jobs

    July 2009 | Executive Action Report

    Smaller companies are finding ways to "redeploy" employees rather than lay them off. Three models for surviving recessions without losing your investment in human capital.

  12. How to Compete and Win In a Broken Economy

    March 2009 | Executive Action Report

    While many small and midsize firms are struggling to survive, stronger companies will find opportunities to improve their competitive position.

  13. Rising Wages: Has China Lost Its Global Labor Advantage?

    March 2009 | Economics Program Working Paper Series

    by Dennis Tao Yang, Vivian Chen, Ryan Monarch, March 2009. - EPWP #09 – 03

  14. Cost Competitiveness of the Manufacturing Sector in China and India: An Industry and Regional Perspective

    January 2009 | Economics Program Working Paper Series

    by Bart van Ark, Abdul Azeez Erumban, Vivian Chen, Utsav Kumar, January 2009. – EPWP #09 – 02

2008

  1. Top Executive Compensation in 2008

    December 2008 | Research Report

    This year’s Top Executive Compensation in 2008 provides extensive analysis of compensation by industry, revenue, and compensation type.

  2. Top Executive Compensation in 2008 - Key Findings

    December 2008 | Key Findings

    This piece summarizes the Top Executive Compensation Report - an annual report which provides and analyzes compensation data for the top five executives as reported in proxy tables based on the new SEC requirements of 2008.

  3. Salary Increase Budgets 2009: Financial Crisis Edition

    December 2008 | Executive Action Report

    The continuing negative economic growth forecasted well into 2009 is having an impact on compensation decisions in real-time.

  4. Accounting for the Knowledge Economy

    December 2008 | Economics Program Working Paper Series

    by Charles Hulten, December 2008. - EPWP #08 - 13

  5. Immigration and Labor Force Trends

    December 2008 | Economics Program Working Paper Series

    by B. Lindsay Lowell, December 2008. - EPWP #08 - 09

  6. Directors' Compensation and Board Practices in 2008

    December 2008 | Key Findings

    This annual report analyzes board structure and director compensation information regarding U.S-based public companies.

  7. Directors’ Compensation and Board Practices in 2008

    December 2008 | Research Report

    A look at corporate boards today: this report provides benchmarks useful in considering compensation levels for corporate boards, as well as information on board practices.

  8. Technological Change and Earnings Polarization: Implications for Skill Demand and Economic Growth

    December 2008 | Economics Program Working Paper Series

    by David Autor, December 2008. - EPWP #08 – 07

  9. Role of the Board in Turbulent Times: Overseeing Risk Management and Executive Compensation

    December 2008 | Executive Action Report

    Aside from a declining housing market, which remains a somewhat cyclical and unavoidable phenomenon—the problems faced today by some U.S. financial institutions are due to inadequate risk oversight.

  10. Can They Take It? What Happens When Older Employees Work Overtime

    November 2008 | Executive Action Report

    Overtime is a key to profitability for many employers, and a boost to the paychecks of their employees. But is there a concomitant cost when, as is often the case, senior employees work extra hours?

  11. Meeting the Challenges of a Dispersed Workforce: Managing Across Language, Culture, Time and Location

    November 2008 | Research Report

    Distance managers succeed when they develop, support, and advocate for employees they see rarely. A survey finds managers think they’re doing a better job at this than their employees do.

  12. Meeting the Challenges of a Dispersed Workforce: Managing Across Language, Culture, Time and Location

    November 2008 | Key Findings

    This Working Group Report discusses issues like payoff from effective distance management, and selecting and developing employees for distance work.

  13. Huddled Masses? Why Helping Immigrants Helps Companies

    September 2008 | Executive Action Report

    A corporate philanthropy focus on immigrant integration can yield impressive returns for both business and society.

  14. Huddled Masses? Why Helping Immigrants Helps Companies

    September 2008 | Council Perspectives

    Immigration is a hot-button issue. When it comes to corporate philanthropy, the target should be immigrant integration. The payoff to both business and society can be handsome.

  15. Salary Increase Budgets Holding Steady for 2009

    August 2008 | Executive Action Report

    Companies are responding to a sluggish economy by remaining disciplined on labor costs. Salary increase budgets for 2008 are below 4 percent and should remain near
    that level in 2009.

  16. 2007 Top Executive Compensation Report - Key Findings

    April 2008 | Key Findings

    This piece summarizes the Top Executive Compensation Report - an annual report which provides and analyzes compensation data for the top five executives as reported in proxy tables based on the new SEC requirements of 2006.

  17. 2007 Top Executive Compensation Report

    April 2008 | Research Report

    This annual report provides and analyzes compensation data for the top five executives as reported in proxy tables based on the new SEC requirements of 2006.

  18. Performance 2008: Productivity, Employment, and Growth in the World's Economies

    March 2008 | Research Report

    Productivity growth in the BRIC countries was four times that of the United States, Europe, and Japan in 2008, but productivity levels in established economies remain much higher—for now.

  19. Can Continuing Changes in Pension Management Provide a Secure Retirement?

    January 2008 | Executive Action Report

    With 77 million baby boomers headed for retirement, it's no surprise that nearly every facet of pension plan structure and financial management is being reevaluated.

  20. Compensation & Benefits: A Global View

    January 2008 | Executive Action Report

    To attract and retain the best employees globally, companies must devise flexible, portable compensation and benefits packages that meet the elevated expectations of today’s professionals.

2007

  1. 2007 Report on Top Executive Compensation—Key Findings

    December 2007 | Executive Action Report

    The Conference Board 2007 Report on Top Executive Compensation—Key Findings indicates that CEOs of the largest companies hold a substantial amount of company stock.

  2. Contribution of Restructuring and Reallocation to China's Productivity and Growth

    December 2007 | Economics Program Working Paper Series

    by Haiyan Deng, John Haltiwanger, Robert McGuckin, Jianyi Xu, Yaodong Liu, and Yuqi Liu, December 2007. - EPWP #07 – 04

  3. Gray Skies, Silver Linings: How Companies Are Forecasting, Managing, and Recruiting a Mature Workforce

    December 2007 | Research Report

    Many mature workers want to keep working; many retirees want to work again. Companies can benefit from recruiting them—especially employers who want a workforce that mirrors their mature customer base.

     

  4. Gray Skies, Silver Linings: How Companies Are Forecasting, Managing, and Recruiting a Mature Workforce

    December 2007 | Key Findings

    Boomer retirements are a global reality. But individual businesses can’t know how they will be affected by this trend unless they analyze their own workforce data.

  5. China’s Productivity Boom: The Contribution of Restructuring to Growth and Competitiveness

    December 2007 | Research Report

    While Chinese firms still operate at productivity levels well below those of their foreign counterparts, they are making startling progress.

  6. Manufacturing In China Today: Employment And Labor Compensation

    November 2007 | Economics Program Working Paper Series

    by Judith Banister, November 2007. - EPWP #07 – 01

  7. A View From the Top:
    The Challenge of Building A Global Workforce

    March 2007 | Executive Action Report

    In the war for talent in India and China, retention is a challenge, and the fact that these new workers are also newly empowered consumers is an opportunity.

  8. Bridging China's Talent Gap

    January 2007 | Executive Action Report

    Multinational companies operating in China face challenges in recruiting, training, and retaining top managers. Job-hopping and rising wages in China are problems; short-term international assignments are one solution.

     

2006

  1. Directors' Compensation and Board Practices in 2006

    October 2006 | Research Report

    This annual report provides information on the amount and type of compensation paid outside directors in 2006 in 402 companies in three major industry sectors.

  2. 2006 Top Executive Compensation Report

    October 2006 | Research Report

    This annual report provides an analysis of the compensation of the five highest-paid executives in 3,075 publicly traded firms in 14 major industry categories in 2005.

  3. Competitive Advantage of “Low-Wage” Countries Often Exaggerated

    October 2006 | Executive Action Report

    When adjusting wages for productivity, the cost advantage to companies of "low-wage" countries and regions such as China, India, Mexico, or Central and Eastern Europe over North America and Western Europe is smaller than you think.

  4. Salary Budgets Holding Steady

    June 2006 | Executive Action Report

    A survey of HR executives of 441 companies reveals pay increases for most salaried workers will average only 3.5 percent this year and stay at that level through 2007.

  5. Age and Opportunity: Plan Strategically to Get the Most Out of a Maturing Workforce

    April 2006 | Council Perspectives

    The trend numbers are enough to frighten even the most stoic CEO. In a nutshell: if boomers retire as expected, there won’t be enough people to do the work. But companies can plan their way out of the worst and gain a competitive advantage too

  6. What's in a Day's Pay? SEC Proposes New Rules for Disclosing Executive Compensation

    February 2006 | Executive Action Report

    The SEC’s proposed changes in reporting executive compensation including having proxy statements publish a dollar figure representing an executive’s total pay, including perks.

2005

  1. Directors' Compensation and Board Practices in 2005

    November 2005 | Research Report

    This is a data compilation of Director's compensation for the year 2005. Data includes basic analysis providing information on which industries pay the highest amount of compensation to their executives.

  2. 2005 Top Executive Compensation Report

    November 2005 | Research Report

    An analysis of the compensation of the five highest-paid executives in 3,143 publicly traded firms in 2005

  3. Managing the Mature Workforce

    July 2005 | Research Report

    The maturing workforce is often seen as an issue instead of an opportunity. Companies willing to recruit and retain the members of this growing talent pool can benefit.

  4. China: Creating An Unlikely Edge In The Global Market Share Battle

    July 2005 | Executive Action Report

    In the quest for market dominance, is the ability to exploit the mass market more important than cutting edge innovation?

  5. Salary Increase Budgets 2005-2006: With Recovery Leveling Off, Mood Remains Cautious

    May 2005 | Executive Action Report

    Caution continues to be the prevailing mood when it comes to salary budgets, with continued attention paid to controlling costs. This is the third year in a row that median increases have fallen significantly below 4 percent.

  6. Performance 2005: Productivity, Employment and Income in the World’s Economies

    May 2005 | Research Report

    This is the fifth year The Conference Board has reported estimates of productivity per hour worked for major industrial economies and productivity per employee for a large set of countries.

  7. Sound Fundamentals, Troubling Trends: U.S. Consumers Can’t Carry the Global Economy Indefinitely

    January 2005 | Executive Action Report

    Markets seem to view a U.S. slowdown as bad for America and good for everyone else; in actuality, nothing could be further from the truth.

  8. EU Labor Productivity and Employment Improve in 2004—but U.S. Still Leads

    January 2005 | Executive Action Report

    Productivity and employment growth accelerated in the European Union, but the United States improved at about double the EU-25 growth rates. Will Europe be able to maintain and improve upon these results to reach global prosperity?

2004

  1. 2004 Top Executive Compensation Report

    October 2004 | Research Report

    This annual report provides an overview of the practices of 2,896 publicly traded companies in 14 major industry categories.

  2. Restructuring for a Stronger European Union

    August 2004 | Executive Action Report

    If European policymakers greatly step up reforms, will it enable the European Union to become “the most competitive and dynamic knowledge-based economy in the world” by the end of the decade?

  3. Asia's New Era of Opportunity

    August 2004 | Executive Action Report

    Many changes have been made since the 1997-98 financial crisis in Asia. Can these changes provide Asian economies with a critical source of home-grown capital?

  4. Adding Value in Shared Services . . . Insourcing, Outsourcing, and Offshoring

    July 2004 | Executive Action Report

    Companies are closely examining insourcing, outsourcing, and offshoring to decide which approach delivers the best support services at the lowest cost. What is the best solution?

  5. Keeping the Talent Pipeline Filled in the Energy and Utility Industries

    July 2004 | Research Report

    An in-depth look at how utility and natural resource companies are recovering from the power outages and scandals over recent years, in the face of losing the expertise of mature workers as they retire.

  6. Salary Increase Budgets 2004-2005: Despite Recovery, Mood Remains Cautious

    June 2004 | Executive Action Report

    For a second straight year, median salary increases have dropped well below four percent even though U.S. business is rebounding.

  7. China’s Experience with Productivity and Jobs

    June 2004 | Research Report

    China is losing manufacturing jobs even faster than the developed world and must not only reemploy its workers, but also shift from exporting to serving its own billion domestic consumers.

  8. New Member States Will Raise Productivity Growth of Enlarged European Union—but U.S. Lead Still Strong

    February 2004 | Executive Action Report

    Structural reforms in Central and Eastern Europe will significantly boost productivity growth in the European Union. Despite this growth, the United States is significantly ahead of the newly enlarged European Union.

2003

  1. Branding Challenges in the Great China Breakout

    December 2003 | Executive Action Report

    The domestic market in China for many manufactured goods is heavily saturated in several sectors, leading to stiff competition and squeezing profit margins. This is causing Chinese manufacturers to launch their brands on the world market.

  2. Top Executive Compensation in 2002

    November 2003 | Research Report

    This annual report details the average 2002 compensation of the five highest-paid executives in 2,877 companies in 14 major industry sectors.

  3. Directors' Compensation and Board Practices in 2003

    November 2003 | Research Report

    This report, based on a survey of more than 606 manufacturing, financial, and service companies, presents the amount and type of compensation paid to outside directors in 2003.

  4. Affluent Population: Current Assets and Future Demographics

    October 2003 | Executive Action Report

    The number of affluent households in the United States will continue to increase over the next seven years, according to a recent study. The report also finds despite recent financial setbacks, the portfolios of the well-to-do remain healthy.

  5. Closing the Revolving Door: How To Ensure New Hires Stay

    October 2003 | Executive Action Report

    Here is what employers and employees need to do to avoid the “set-up-to-fail syndrome.”

  6. Job Satisfaction Continues to Wither

    September 2003 | Executive Action Report

    A new Conference Board survey finds less than half of workers are satisfied with their jobs—and the discontent is growing among all age groups and income levels.

  7. Salary Increase Budgets 2003-2004: Business Remains in a Cautious Mood

    July 2003 | Executive Action Report

    With companies paying careful attention to controlling costs, median increases have moved significantly below 4 percent for the first time in a decade.

  8. International Comparisons of R&D Expenditure: Does an R&D PPP make a difference?

    June 2003 | Economics Program Working Paper Series

    by Sean M. Dougherty, Robert Inklaar, Robert H. McGuckin, and Bart Van Ark, July 2003. - EPWP #03 - 03

  9. Marketing's New Path to Profitability

    April 2003 | Executive Action Report

    With budgets shrinking, the pressure is on marketers to demonstrate real and immediate returns on their investments. (Download Spanish version)

  10. Employment Effects of the 'New Economy' A Comparison of the European Union and the United States

    March 2003 | Economics Program Working Paper Series

    by Bart van Ark, Robert Inklaar, Robert H. McGuckin, and Marcel P. Timmer, March 2003. - EPWP #03 - 02

  11. Performance 2002: Productivity, Employment, and Income in the World’s Economies

    March 2003 | Research Report

    This report compares productivity levels and growth rates of national economies and explains why Europe continues to lag behind the U.S. in per capita income, despite very comparable levels of productivity.

  12. A More Timely and Useful Index of Leading Indicators

    February 2003 | Economics Program Working Paper Series

    by Robert H. McGuckin, Ataman Ozyildirim and Victor Zarnowitz, February 2003. - EPWP #03 - 01

  13. Emerging Trends... Europe Shifts Burden of Waste Disposal to Product Producers

    February 2003 | Executive Action Report

    What companies can do now to prepare for the expanded financial and physical burden of disposal at the end of a product's useful life?

  14. Productivity and Global Competitiveness... Despite Cyclical Downturn, Structural Trends in Productivity Remain in Place Into 2003

    January 2003 | Executive Action Report

    As the United States began to emerge from recession, labor productivity growth rebounded sharply in 2002. In Europe, however, it was another story—productivity growth slowed substantially.

2002

  1. Compensation Plans in Curious Times: Salary Increase Budgets Being Reduced

    December 2002 | Executive Action Report

    Most respondents to a Conference Board survey say their current 2003 salary increase budgets are now lower for most employee classes than originally planned.

  2. 'Changing Gear' - Productivity, ICT and Services Industries: Europe and the United States

    December 2002 | Economics Program Working Paper Series

    by Bart van Ark, Robert Inklaar, and Robert H. McGuckin, December 2002. Click here to obtain the basic data: http://www.ggdc.net/ - EPWP #02 - 02

  3. Re-sizing the American Corporation

    November 2002 | Executive Action Report

    Perhaps Enron—which by now has plenty of blue-chip companions (with possibly many more to come)—is just a symptom of a deeper movement under the sea.

  4. Top Executive Compensation in 2001

    November 2002 | Research Report

    This annual report details the average 2001 compensation of the five highest-paid executives in 2,841 companies in 14 major industry sectors.

  5. Voices of Experience: Mature Workers in the Future Workforce

    November 2002 | Research Report

    Presents the results of the Board's Life Planning Survey, which explored the retirement intentions and perspectives of 1645 employees aged 50 and above.

  6. HR Outsourcing Trends

    September 2002 | Research Report

    This study examines the benefits, challenges, and alternatives to HR outsourcing.

  7. Mission Critical: Controlling Costs ... Overview: Cut the Costs, But Not the Trust

    July 2002 | Executive Action Report

    When it comes to costs, crash dieting does not make companies stronger in the long run—developing a "cost-conscious culture" does.

  8. Europe Vs. The United States: Which Industries are Leading the Productivity Race?

    June 2002 | Executive Action Report

    Good and bad news for Europe, technology as a growth factor, ICT vs. non-ICT sectors, and industry leaders and laggards.

  9. Salary Increase Budgets

    June 2002 | Executive Action Report

    2002 increases fell in many industries; a rebound is projected for 2003.

  10. North American Outlook 2002-2003

    May 2002 | Research Report

    The Conference Board’s economic forecasts for Canada, the United States, and Mexico in 2002-2003.

  11. Don't Underestimate China: Why Chinese Businesses Can Grow Into Serious International Competitors

    May 2002 | Executive Action Report

    Businesses that follow conventional wisdom and assume that Chinese-owned enterprises will be weak competitors on the international business stage may be unpleasantly surprised.

2001

  1. Time Series Decomposition and Measurement of Business Cycles, Trends and Growth Cycles

    December 2001 | Economics Program Working Paper Series

    by Victor Zarnowitz and Ataman Ozyildirim, December 2001. - EPWP #01 - 03

  2. Compensation in a Changed Economy

    November 2001 | Executive Action Report

    A survey of HR council members looks at the effects of the economic downturn and September 11 on companies' 2002 compensation plans.

  3. Management Challenges in a Changed World

    October 2001 | Executive Action Report

    Based on key issues identified by members of the executive Council program.

  4. Compensation Committee Of The Board: Best Practices For Establishing Executive Compensation

    October 2001 | Research Report

    This study examines best practice processes used by the Compensation Committee of the Board of Directors in designing executive compensation programs.

  5. Tomorrow Is Not Yesterday

    October 2001 | Executive Action Report

    Commentary on the post-September 11th global economic environment.

  6. Making the Most of the Information Age: Productivity and Structural Reform in the New Economy

    October 2001 | Research Report

    Using new, internationally comparative evidence, this study examines the patterns of information and communication technology diffusion across advanced industrial economies.

  7. Performance 2000: Productivity, Employment, and Income in the World's Economies

    March 2001 | Research Report

    U.S. productivity growth in 2000 continues to outpace the rest of the world, while Europe, although making progress on employment growth, continues to experience decelerating productivity growth.

  8. Old and the New in the U.S. Economic Expansion

    January 2001 | Economics Program Working Paper Series

    How does the expansion of real economic activity in the United States since 1991 compare with its historical precedents in terms of length, strength, composition, and sources?

2000

  1. Are Poor Nations Closing the Gap in Living Standards?: Perspectives on a Global Economy

    January 2000 | Research Report

    Have globalization's benefits spread worldwide? We address GDP growth as well as alternative measures of living standards to take up the question.

1999

  1. Turning Skills Into Profit: Economic Benefits of Workplace Education Programs

    July 1999 | Research Report

    Employers report that at least one employee skill and one economic benefit is gained from the workplace education program.

  2. Euro-What Impact Will It Have on European Labor Markets: Perspectives on a Global Economy

    February 1999 | Research Report

    Unlike the United States, Europe experienced reductions in the number of hours of work as well as lower proportions of the total population in the work force in the 1990s.

1996

  1. Executive Annual Incentive Plans

    April 1996 | Research Report

    Detailed analysis of incentive payments by industry sector and position.

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