Project: Labour Market Impact Study

The World Bank and the World Bank Jobs Group are keen in obtaining estimates of the impacts that interventions (skills training, employment services, subsidized employment) have on employment. An important aspect of these impacts is indirect employment outcomes  –  those arising along the supply chain connected to directly affected sectors and geographical areas and those stemming from resulting changes in spending patterns. While there exists a wide range of available methodologies for quantifying the overall employment impacts of interventions, it is not always clear which method is best suited to each particular context and intervention.

In response to this challenge, the World Bank has engaged Limestone Analytics to develop a decision-support framework which the World Bank and others might use to select the optimal methodology to estimate the impacts of jobs due to any particular intervention. 

Limestone will complete the assigned work in two phases. In the first phase, Limestone will compile a searchable database of methods with attributes based on a set of screening criteria. This database will serve as a tool to narrow down the set of many available methodologies to a possible short-list. 

In the second phase, Limestone will produce a comprehensive decision framework for selecting a preferred employment impact estimation methodology. The framework will cover key decision criteria of interest to the World Bank including theoretical assumptions associated with each method; each method’s implementation requirements (e.g. timing, data, and other resources), and challenges (including those unique to the World Bank ecosystem); and the context of the intervention are studied (e.g. scale, timing, project logic, impact indicators, etc.)

Clients / Partners




Draft Screening Criteria and Inventory of Methods


Decision Framework Development