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Labour Market and Social Policies to Foster More Inclusive Growth in Sweden
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- Stéphanie Jamet1, Thomas Chalaux1, Vincent Koen1
- Author Affiliations
- 1: OECD, France
- 18 fév 2013
- Bibliographic information
Sweden is a very egalitarian country but inequalities have risen and some groups are poorly integrated into the labour market. For growth to become more inclusive, the gap between the cost of labour and productivity for some groups needs to be reduced, transitions from education to work should be facilitated, incentives to take a job ought to be strengthened and the non-employed need to be protected against the risk of falling into unemployment or inactivity traps. This calls for lowering minimum wages relative to the average wage for groups at risk of becoming unemployed, improving vocational education and training, and extending the coverage of the unemployment insurance while strengthening obligations for the unemployed. To address labour market duality risks, the gap in job protection between temporary and permanent contracts needs to be reduced. Women’s employment is high but the gender wage gap could be narrowed further by enhancing their employment opportunities.
- gender equality, vocational education, vocational training, labour costs, unemployment insurance, labour market dualism, Sweden, public employment services, inequality, minimum wage, inclusive growth, employment protection legislation
- Classification JEL:
- I14: Health, Education, and Welfare / Health / Health and Inequality
- I28: Health, Education, and Welfare / Education and Research Institutions / Government Policy
- I3: Health, Education, and Welfare / Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty
- J08: Labor and Demographic Economics / General / Labor Economics Policies
- J16: Labor and Demographic Economics / Demographic Economics / Economics of Gender; Non-labor Discrimination
- J3: Labor and Demographic Economics / Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs
- J51: Labor and Demographic Economics / Labor-Management Relations, Trade Unions, and Collective Bargaining / Trade Unions: Objectives, Structure, and Effects
- J65: Labor and Demographic Economics / Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers / Unemployment Insurance; Severance Pay; Plant Closings