Adult Labor Rights & Protections
The WORLD Policy Analysis Center reviewed original labor legislation and information on social security systems from each UN member state and global sources to collect information about policies for adult labor as of February 2014. The following sources were used to gather information on this subject:
Additional information to fill in gaps from the abovementioned sources was drawn from the following sources:
Initial data analysis has focused on national-level law and policy collected by the UN and other global organizations. In countries where labor policies are set at the state or provincial level, such as the U.S. and India, we coded based on the lowest level of guarantee.
Poverty Protection & Reduction Policies
The WORLD Policy Analysis Center analyzed data from relevant legislation and details of social security systems drawn from the following sources as of March 2012:
If the sources mentioned above did not have recent data on minimum-wage rates, information was drawn from the U.S. Department of State’s Human Rights Reports.
All data about minimum-wage policies were based on information relevant to the years 2010 and 2011.
Only family benefits provided on a statutory basis—that is, established by law are captured; because data sources offer very limited detail on non-statutory programs (and by definition there are no legislative documents that detail them), these were not included.
For details on the variables included in this category, please see WORLD global maps on Families.
For more information about WORLD’s approach to building globally comparative databases on policies affecting human health, development, well-being, and equity, please visit our Methodology page.