Ageing and Employment Policies

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People today are living longer than ever before, while birth rates are dropping in the majority of OECD countries. Such demographics raise the question: are current public social expenditures adequate and sustainable? Older workers play a crucial role in the labour market. Now that legal retirement ages are rising, fewer older workers are retiring early, but at the same time those older workers who have lost their job after the age of 50 have tended to remain in long term unemployment.  What can countries do to help? How can they give older people better work incentives and opportunities? These reports offer analysis and assessment on what the best policies are for fostering employability, job mobility and labour demand at an older age.

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Ageing and Employment Policies/Vieillissement et politiques de l'emploi: Austria 2005

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06 Sep 2005
9789264010093 (PDF) ;9789264010086(print)

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In Austria, the proportion of persons aged 65 and over to the working-age population will double to 30% by 2050.  Without policy changes, this could lead to higher public expenditures, labour force shortages, and slower economic growth.  This report surveys of the main barriers to employment for older workers, assesses of the adequacy and effectiveness of existing measures to overcome these barriers and presents a set of policy recommendations for further action by the public authorities and social partners.  It examines the balances between income support and work incentives, methods for encouraging employers to hire and retain workers, and policies for ensuring the employability of older workers. 

This report is published in English with a French translation of the Executive Summary and Recommendations.

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Table of Contents

Executive Summary and Policy Recommendations
Résumé et principales recommandations
Chapter 1. The Challenge Ahead
Chapter 2. Older Workers in the Austrian Labour Market
Chapter 3. Providing Social Protection while Enhancing Work Incentives
Chapter 4. Incentives for Employers to Retain and Hire Older Workers
Chapter 5. Ensuring Employability of Workers at All Ages
Chapter 6. Confronting Policy Dilemmas and Obstacles

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