STATA for Labour Market Analysis

STATA for Labour Market Analysis
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STATA for Labour Market Analysis

10 Junio–5 Julio 2024
El curso está disponible en English
Presentación del curso

The demand for analyzing labour market data has risen, in line with the prioritization of countries to better understand the functioning of the labour market and the impact of policies and programmes on outcomes, including unemployment and employment. The adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development requires governments and other stakeholders to monitor progress towards the defined goals and targets, including SDG 8 on Decent Work and Economic Growth. At the same time, new measures of the labour market are evolving through the adoption of statistical standards by the International Conference of Labour Statisticians (ICLS). The 19th and 20th ICLS resolutions on work statistics are crucial for decent work related SDG indicators, particularly SDG 8 on promoting inclusive and sustainable growth, employment and decent work for all. The analysis of labour market data relies on the availability of data, which has expanded in recent years, and the use of appropriate methodologies to identify key factors and trends relevant to evidence-based policymaking. In this regard, analysts and statisticians depend on statistical software that provides a user-friendly approach to data management, description, graphics and analysis. STATA is such a tool, which is powerful but easy-to-use, and is utilized across the world for analysing labour market data. Building on its long experience in delivering training on labour market statistics, the International Training Centre of the ILO in full collaboration with the ILO Department of Statistics is proud to offer this online training on using STATA for labour market analysis. Harnessing the latest ground-breaking distance learning technologies, the ITCILO is proudly offering this course online in full collaboration with the ILO Department of Statistics. - This course qualifies for the Labour Market Statistics & Analysis Diploma.

¿Quiénes participan en este curso?

The course targets: - Labour Statisticians from national statistical offices; Ministries of labour and related institutions (such as labour observatories); Other Ministries or Government institutions in charge of SDG statistical monitoring; - Employment and development policy analysts from National Statistical Offices, Research and Academic institutions, International organizations and Donor organizations; and - Officials responsible for managing the production and dissemination of labour market statistics, particularly for the SDG national reporting.

Learning objectives

The main objective of the course is to provide participants with the necessary advanced skills to use the computer software STATA to analyze the labour market for evidence-based policymaking, including SDG and decent work indicators. The course is designed to enhance institutional capacities to identify, collect, analyze and disseminate labour market information and other indicators related to the SDGs indicator framework. Moreover, the course will also emphasize the latest 20th ICLS resolutions concerning work statistics as an important pillar to measure progress towards the 2030 agenda, particularly Goal 8 on promoting inclusive and sustainable growth, employment and decent work for all. More specifically, the course aims to:

  • Enhance understanding about the definitions, terminologies, and resolutions of labour statistics;
  • Understand the Decent work and SDG indicators framework;
  • Foster better understanding and operationalization of key international statistical standards;
  • Promote sound statistical data processing and analysis of indicators;
  • Acquire a comprehensive understanding of how STATA is applied to analyze the labour market and translate it into adequate policymaking;
  • Obtain a better understanding on the various measurements of labour force indicators using STATA.
Course content

Using a step-by-step approach, this course provides practical skills and tips for analysing labour market data to construct and interpret key decent work and SDG indicators. The course is structured around six modules:

  • Definitions and terminology – resolutions of the International Conference of Labour Statisticians
  • Decent work and SDG indicators


  • STATA screen and toolbar
  • Importing and using data
  • Do-file – running commands
  • Log files - where output is saved
  • Overview of labour force indicators, including employment, unemployment, NEET, potential labour force (including discouraged job seekers), classification of status in employment (ICSE), of occupations (ISCO), of economic activities (ISIC), social benefits, informality…
  • Deriving labour force indicators in STATA


  • Basic labour market analysis based on survey data
Training methodology

The course is constructed as follows:

Lectures by experts and practitioners

  • Sharing knowledge with participants around the various topics discussed in the course

Practical exercises and group work which will involve preparing, describing and analyzing real labour force data using STATA

  • Hands-on practical exercises on using STATA for analyzing real labour market data

The course will emphasize a unique learning approach, which is structured around three main pillars:

Harnessing digital learning technology

  • Interactive online platform
  • Real-time feedback and support
  • Group discussions and interaction

Training methodology will combine

  • Expert presentations
  • Advanced exercises using STATA
  • Group discussions and exercises
  • Group work
Venue and dates

The course will be held as a face-to-face training from 12 – 16 June in Turin, Italy.


The course will be conducted in English.

Cost and financing

The course is fee-paying. The total fees for the training are €1,195

Every participant enrolled in the course will receive a free STATA license!

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