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Labour Markets & Resilience

Understanding the impact of health economic, social, or political shocks on the labour market is fundamental. This is even more important in times when black swans and unforeseen shocks are distorting expected outcomes (E.g. covid, unforeseen wars). To address the resilience of work and resilience of markets, Whiteshield has developed a series of tools and techniques covering trade, labour, city, among other areas.


Partner & Director

Tom Flynn



Mustapha Bourdkani


Kathryn Petrie

Kathryn PETRIE

What does resilience mean?

Resilience means the ability to address and to absorb shocks in a certain economy.  Shocks can be at the level of a city, labour, or an entire economy (e.g., trade). Some key questions that need to be answered here are:

  1. How to anticipate potential shocks on an economy?
  2. What type of response to adapt in the short term and long term
  3. What are the structural and cyclical reforms to put in place to ensure any economy is more resilient?
  4. How does any economy compare to another and how to improve your ratings?

To address these topics, Whiteshield has created three models:

  1. Global Freight Resilience Index covers more than 100 countries and looks at the ability of economies to resist trade shocks by looking at the policies they put in place and capabilities within their economies.
  2. City Resilience Index assesses the ability of cities to develop clear comparative advantages that enables them to sustain internal or external shocks. 
  3. Global Labour Resilience Index which is published on a yearly basis in Davos under the chairmanship of Sir Christopher Pissarides, special advisor and director at Whiteshield. This report is now set as an authority in the market to understand what drives the resilience of labour and which policies can be adopted to anticipate it and address it. 

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