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Title: Empirical Research on Decent Work: A Literature Review
Authors: Pereira, Susana
dos Santos, Nuno Rebelo
Pais, Leonor
Keywords: Decent work
Literature review
Empirical research
Issue Date: 2019
Publisher: Scandinavian Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology
Citation: Pereira, S., et al. (2019). Empirical Research on Decent Work: A Literature Review. Scandinavian Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology, 4(1): 4, 1–15. DOI:
Abstract: Decent work is the sum of people’s aspirations in their working lives. This article aims to report the results of a systematically conducted literature review of empirical research concerning decent work. Electronic databases B-On and EBESCO host, using the keywords ‘decent work’ in the ‘title’ and ‘abstract’, yielded 689 citations. After a two-stage application of inclusion and exclusion criteria, 38 articles were retained for analysis. All studies were conducted between 2003 and 2017. The studies focused on work conditions in the case of decent work deficit, those workers not benefiting from decent work conditions, and what is necessary for the existence of decent work. Study samples consisted typically of workers from different sectors and countries. Data collection was mainly by interview or institutional statistical databases and most studies were descriptive and cross-sectional. The results of this review show that empirical research on decent work is grounded in various disciplines and is still in its early stages. Additionally, most studies report decent work deficit and do not cover the whole decent work concept. Medium, low, and very low development countries are under-researched.
Type: article
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