Employment policies and data

OECD Employment Outlook 2006


OECD countries have to improve labour market performance to increase living standards. This has become more urgent as population ageing may put considerable downward pressure on economic growth in the coming decades. What is needed is a comprehensive reform strategy to raise employment and help workers earn higher incomes. This requires action on many fronts including taxation, employment regulations, welfare benefits, wages, product-market competition and macroeconomic policy. Which reforms have been successful? Do they necessarily imply lower social protection or more insecurity?

This book provides answers to these essential questions, based on a major analysis covering 30 countries, and presents a reassessment of the  which will be discussed at the
Jointly to this publication, a free brochure (24 pages) presenting the Policy Lessons from Reassessing the OECD Jobs Strategy is also downloadable.


Table of contents

Editorial:  Boosting Jobs and Incomes
1. Short-term labour market prospects and introduction to the OECD Jobs Strategy Reassessment
2. Labour market performance since 1994 and future challenges  
3. General policies to improve employment opportunities for all
4. Policies targeted at specific workforce groups or labour-market segments
5. Social implications of policies aimed at raising employment
6. Understanding policy interactions and complementarities, and their implication for reform strategies
7. Reassessing the role of policies and institutions for labour market performance: A quantitative analysis

Annexes to: Chapter 1 |Chapter 2 | Chapter 3 | Chapter 4 | Chapter 5

German version of this book is also available.
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