Labor Markets Publications


  1. Conference Board Human Capital in Review™: Focus on Voices from Europe

    February 2016 | Human Capital in Review

    This publication explores hot topics within human capital research from a European perspective and provides actionable summaries of contemporary literature.

  2. Wage-Productivity Growth Gap: An Analysis of Industry Data

    January 2016 | Economics Program Working Paper Series

    The widening gap between labor productivity growth and real wage growth in the United States has attracted much attention in recent years. This paper provides an industrial and cross-country comparative perspective, which has been lacking so far in the literature.

  3. International Comparisons of Manufacturing Unit Labor Costs: Sources, Trends, and New Directions

    January 2016 | Economics Program Working Paper Series

    Unit labor cost (ULC), defined as labor compensation per unit of output, is a widely used measure of international cost competitiveness. ULC trends, however, differ widely across countries and, traditionally, have been explained in terms of underlying movements in productivity, compensation, and exchange rates. This paper makes a first attempt to adjust unit labor cost measures for product quality differences in export baskets between countries, using unit values of exported products.

  4. Conference Board CEO Challenge 2016: Building Capability – Seeking Alignment, Agility, and Talent to Innovate and Grow

    January 2016 | Key Business Issues

    Since 1999, CEOs from around the world have shared their most pressing business concerns and their strategies for dealing with those challenges. This full-length report details all of the results for six key business issues, yielding insights to today’s leaders on the way forward.

  5. China CEO Council Session Report - Masters vs. Markets

    January 2016 | China Center Publications

    A summary of discussion points, learnings, business issues, poll results, and member insights from the November 12, 2015, China CEO Council in Shanghai.

  6. Better Together: Why a United Front Can Propel Diversity and Inclusion and Corporate Philanthropy in the United States

    January 2016 | Council Perspectives

    Now more than ever, the diversity and inclusion and corporate philanthropy functions should work together to deliver value to the business and to society.


  1. China Center Special Briefing Paper: Growth Impacts of China’s Premature Demographic Transition

    December 2015 | China Center Publications

    With the demographic dividend period well behind us, China now bears a significant demographic cost.

  2. China Center Data Flash: A temporary impact -- autos and infrastructure "stabilize" growth in Q4

    December 2015 | China Center Publications

    As 2015 came to a close, China’s economic data remained mixed.

  3. China Human Capital Planning Roundtable -- Session Report

    December 2015 | China Center Publications

    The roundtable is a new and exciting component of the China Center’s program, designed to inform key, strategic human capital planning assumptions for 2016 and into the medium term.

  4. Conference Board Economics Watch® European View

    November 2015 | Economics Watch Reports

    The Euro Area recovery proves resilient, and should continue to mature in 2016.