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FRDB Fondazione Rodolfo Debenedetti

fRDB-IMF Labour Institutions Database (1980-2005)

fRDB-IMF project

1 February 2010

Mariya Aleksynska


Fondazione Rodolfo Debenedetti have collaborated with IMF to build a brand new database which collects information on Minimum WagesUnemployment Benefits and Employment Protection Legislation around the world. This database, which covers a long time span from 1980 to 2005, contains the following information for 91 countries:
Minimum Wages

  • Minimum wages, calculated on a monthly basis

  • Median wages, calculated on a monthly basis

  • Average wages, calculated on a monthly basis

Unemployment Benefits

  • First and second-year gross replacement rates

  • Overall average GRR for two years

  • UB coverage

Employment Protection Legislation

  • Maximum advance notice

  • Advance notice period after 9 months of service, in months

  • Advance notice period after 4 years of service, in months

  • Advance notice period after 20 years of service, in months

  • Maximum Severance payment

  • Severance payment after 9 months of service, in months: a lump-sum payment to the dismissed employee at the time of cessation of employment

  • Severance payment after 4 years of service, in months

A full description of the database (coding, assumptions, country detailed information on data collection) can be found in the following paper by Mariya Aleksynska and Martin Schindler:

"Labour Market Regulation in Low-, Middle- and High-Income Countries: A New Panel Database" (2011), IMF working paper.


Credits: Mariya Aleksynska ( and Martin Schindler

Papers published using these data

Boeri, T. and Macis, M.  "Do Unemployment Benefits Promote or Hinder Job Reallocation?", Journal of Development Economics, Vol. 93(1), pp. 109-125. 

Access to the data

Data, which are joint property of the Fondazione Rodolfo Debenedetti and IMF, are password protected. In order to obtain free access to this database, users are kindly required to ask for them by writing to (breafly specifying the research purposes).