OECD Social, Employment and Migration Working Papers

A Bird's Eye View of Gender Differences in Education in OECD Countries
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1815-199X (online)
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10.1787/1815199x
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This series is designed to make available to a wider readership selected labour market, social policy and migration studies prepared for use within the OECD. Authorship is usually collective, but principal writers are named. The papers are generally available only in their original language - English or French - with a summary in the other.
 
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  N° 149   05 Sep 2013 Click to Access:  A Bird's Eye View of Gender Differences in Education in OECD Countries
Angelica Salvi del Pero, Alexandra Bytchkova
This paper presents an overview of gender differences in education outcomes in OECD countries. A rich set of indicators describes the improvement of educational attainment among women over the past decades, and various dimensions of male under-performance in education. Possible explanatory...
  N° 81   20 Mar 2009 Click to Access:  A Good Time for Making Work Pay? Taking Stock of In-Work Benefits and Related Measures across the OECD
Herwig Immervoll, Mark Pearson
The twin problem of in-work poverty and persistent labour market difficulties of low-skilled individuals has been one of the most important drivers of tax-benefit policy reforms in OECD countries in recent years. Employment-conditional cash transfers to individuals facing particular...
  N° 153   19 Dec 2013 Click to Access:  A New Measure of Skills Mismatch
Michele Pellizzari, Anne Fichen
This paper proposes a new measure of skills mismatch that combines information about skill proficiency, self-reported mismatch and skill use. The theoretical foundations underling this measure allow identifying minimum and maximum skill requirements for each occupation and to classify workers...
  N° 64   26 June 2008 Click to Access:  A Review of Studies on the Distributional Impact of Consumption Taxes in OECD Countries
Neil Warren
Consumption taxes are only rarely assessed for their impact on the economic well-being of individuals. This paper reviews various studies on this issue. It first describes the large differences in the size and structure of these taxes among OECD countries, and then reviews the types of...
  N° 98   23 Nov 2009 Click to Access:  Activation Policies in Finland
Nicola Duell, David Grubb, Shruti Singh
This report examines the performance of the Public Employment Service (PES) and the effectiveness of activation strategies in Finland. It covers the role of the key actors, the placement function of the PES, the structure of out-of-work benefits and the related incentives and disincentives for...
  N° 75   08 Jan 2009 Click to Access:  Activation Policies in Ireland
David Grubb, Shruti Singh, Peter Tergeist
In Ireland the placement function of the Public Employment Service (PES) is primarily within FÁS, the Training and Employment Authority, which is supervised by the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment (DETE). But employment counselling services are also provided by the "Local...
  N° 113   07 Dec 2010 Click to Access:  Activation Policies in Japan
Nicola Duell, David Grubb, Shruti Singh, Peter Tergeist
The Japanese labour market is characterised by high employment rates for men and older workers, and a low unemployment rate. Over the past two decades, female participation has risen, while disparities in the labour market conditions of workers have grown. Further efforts are needed to promote...
  N° 78   02 Mar 2009 Click to Access:  Activation Policies in Norway
Nicola Duell, Shruti Singh, Peter Tergeist
This report examines the performance of the Public Employment Service (PES) and the effectiveness of activation strategies in Norway. It covers the role of the key actors in labour market policies, the placement function of the PES, the structure of benefits for the working-age population out...
  N° 112   21 Oct 2010 Click to Access:  Activation Policies in Switzerland
Nicola Duell, Peter Tergeist, Ursula Bazant, Sylvie Cimper
This report examines the performance of public employment services and the effectiveness of activation strategies in Switzerland. It covers the role of the key actors in labour market policy, the placement function of the Public Employment Service (PES), the structure of out-of-work benefits...
  N° 42   08 Dec 2006 Click to Access:  Activation Strategies and the Performance of Employment Services in Germany, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom
Peter Tergeist, David Grubb
Strategies to 'activate' the unemployed with the help of high-quality employment services have continuously gained importance in the policy debate. The purpose of this report is to examine how activation strategies and the performance of employment services are addressed in three countries...
  N° 61   05 Oct 2007 Click to Access:  Addressing Labour Market Duality in Korea
David Grubb, Jae-Kap Lee, Peter Tergeist
The Korean labor market has created many jobs over the past several decades, accompanying rapid economic growth. More recently, this favorable job performance has gone hand-in-hand with a rapid increase of temporary employment and other flexible or atypical work arrangements (usually called...
  N° 123   01 Sep 2011 Click to Access:  Aggregate Earnings and Macroeconomic Shocks
Andrea Bassanini
I examine the effect of labour market policies and institutions on the transmission of macroeconomic shocks to the labour market, using both aggregate and industry-level annual data for 23 OECD countries, 23 business-sector industries and up to 29 years. I find that high and progressive labour...
  N° 33   17 Feb 2006 Click to Access:  Alternative Measures of Well-Being
Romina Boarini, Åsa Johansson, Marco Mira d'Ercole
All discussions about the desirability of policy reforms rest on judgements about their effects on individuals and societal well-being. Yet, suitable measures for assessing how well-being is changing over time or compares across countries are lacking. This problem is, of course, not new and...
  N° 34   09 June 2006 Click to Access:  An Age Perspective on Economic Well-Being and Social Protection in Nine OECD Countries
Thai-Thanh Dang, Herwig Immervoll, Daniela Mantovani, Kristian Orsini, Holly Sutherland
For a number of reasons, incomes vary strongly with age. The nature of this variation is of interest for a wide range of policy purposes. Since age structures differ across countries, knowledge about the incomes earned by different age groups is also necessary for understanding and interpreting...
  N° 76   23 Jan 2009 Click to Access:  An Evaluation of the Tax-Transfer Treatment of Married Couples in European Countries
Herwig Immervoll, Henrik Jacobsen Kleven, Claus Thustrup Kreiner, Nicolaj Verdelin
This paper presents an evaluation of the tax-transfer treatment of married couples in 15 EU countries using the EUROMOD microsimulation model. First, we show that many tax-transfer schemes in Europe feature negative jointness defined as a situation where the tax rate on one person depends...
  N° 129   28 Nov 2012 Click to Access:  An Overview of Australia's System of Income and Employment Assistance for the Unemployed
Peter Davidson, Peter Whiteford
This report provides an overview of Australia’s labour market policies, with a focus on income support benefits and employment assistance for people of working age. It traces historical developments partly since 1990 and since 1978 in the case of some data series...
  N° 126   29 Nov 2011 Click to Access:  Are Recent Immigrants Different? A New Profile of Immigrants in the OECD based on DIOC 2005/06
Sarah Widmaier, Jean-Christophe Dumont
Increasing international migration and changing immigrant populations in OECD countries make international comparable data on migrant populations essential. These data should be updated regularly to capture a detailed picture of migrant populations. This document presents the first results of...
  N° 54   15 June 2007 Click to Access:  Assessing the Impact of Labour Market Policies on Productivity
Andrea Bassanini, Danielle Venn
The impact of four labour market policies – employment protection legislation, minimum wages, parental leave and unemployment benefits – on productivity is examined here, using annual cross-country aggregate data on these policies and industry-level data on productivity from 1979 to 2003. We...
  N° 19   02 Dec 2004 Click to Access:  Average and Marginal Effective Tax Rates Facing Workers in the EU
Herwig Immervoll
Macro-based effective tax rate (ETR) measures do not provide information on the level or distribution of marginal effective tax rates thought to influence household behaviour. They also do not capture differences in average ETRs facing different population sub-groups. I use EUROMOD, an EUwide...
  N° 20   17 Dec 2004 Click to Access:  Benefit Coverage Rates and Household Typologies
Herwig Immervoll, Pascal Marianna, Marco Mira d'Ercole
The OECD regularly produces estimates of tax burdens and benefit entitlements for a range of "typical household" situations. The results of these calculations (published in the Benefits and Wages and Taxing Wages series) are frequently used to compare countries’ tax-benefit systems and to...
  N° 31   16 Dec 2005 Click to Access:  Can Parents Afford to Work?
Herwig Immervoll, David Barber
Finding a suitable balance of work and family life is not an easy task for parents who face multiple, and potentially conflicting, demands. Childcare policies play a crucial role in helping parents reconcile care and employment-related tasks. But inconsistent or poorly implemented policies can...
  N° 133   04 July 2012 Click to Access:  Capital's Grabbing Hand? A Cross-Country/Cross-Industry Analysis of the Decline of the Labour Share
Andrea Bassanini, Thomas Manfredi
We examine the determinants of the within-industry decline of the labour share, using industry-level annual data for 25 OECD countries, 20 business-sector industries and covering up to 28 years. We find that total factor productivity growth – which captures (albeit imprecisely)...
  N° 1   13 Mar 2003 Click to Access:  Career Interruptions Due to Parental Leave
Elina Pylkkänen, Nina Smith
Parental leave mandates are associated with high female employment rates, but with reductions in relative female wages if leave is of extended durations. If fathers were given longer periods of leave, would it shorten the career breaks of women? We analyze the impact of family policies of...
  N° 152   23 Sep 2013 Click to Access:  Catastrophic Job Destruction
Anabela Carneiro, Pedro Portugal, Jose Varejão
In this article we study the resilience of the Portuguese labor market, in terms of job flows, employment and wage developments, in the context of the current recession. We single out the huge contribution of job destruction, especially due to the closing of existing firms, to the dramatic...
  N° 4   28 Apr 2003 Click to Access:  Child Labour in Africa
Sonia Bhalotra
This paper presents an overview of child labour in Africa. It discusses the incidence and nature of child labour, possible causes, and actual and potential policy instruments. It answers some questions and raises others. Africa has the highest incidence of child labour in the world. While child...
  N° 5   20 May 2003 Click to Access:  Child Labour in South Asia
Eric V. Edmonds
The International Labour Organization (ILO) estimates that 19% of children aged 5-14 in Asia and the Pacific are economically active (ILO, 2002). These 127.3 million children constitute 60% of all child labourers worldwide. The aim of this study is to better understand child labour in South...
  N° 82   23 Mar 2009 Click to Access:  Child Well-Being and Sole-Parent Family Structure in the OECD
Simon Chapple
This paper addresses the causal impact of being raised in a sole-parent family on child well-being across the OECD. The question is answered by a cross-OECD meta-analysis and a literature review. There are widely varying rates of sole parenthood across the OECD. Rates of sole parenthood have...
  N° 97   29 Oct 2009 Click to Access:  Children of Immigrants in the Labour Markets of EU and OECD Countries
Thomas Liebig, Sarah Widmaier
This document provides a first comparative overview of the presence and outcomes of the children of immigrants in the labour markets of OECD countries, based on a collection of data from 16 OECD countries with large immigrant populations. Its key findings are the following: • In about half of...
  N° 116   20 Sep 2011 Click to Access:  Cooking, Caring and Volunteering: Unpaid Work Around the World
Veerle Miranda
Household production constitutes an important aspect of economic activity and ignoring it may lead to incorrect inferences about levels and changes in well-being. This paper sheds light on the importance of unpaid work by making use of detailed time-use surveys for 25 OECD member countries and...
  N° 25   22 June 2005 Click to Access:  Counting Immigrants and Expatriates in OECD Countries
Jean-Christophe Dumont, Georges Lemaître
Results presented in this paper based on the new database on immigrants and expatriates in OECD countries, show that (i) the percentage of the foreign-born in European OECD countries is generally higher than the percentage of foreigners; (ii) international migration is quite selective towards...
  N° 109   22 Oct 2010 Click to Access:  Decomposing Notional Defined-Contribution Pensions
Edward R. Whitehouse
This paper compares notional defined-contribution pension schemes (also known as notional accounts) with two alternative designs of earnings-related pension schemes: points systems and definedbenefit plans. It examines, in detail, four economic advantages of notional accounts that deliver...
  N° 21   09 Dec 2004 Click to Access:  Design Choices in Market Competition for Employment Services for the Long-Term Unemployed
Ludo Struyven
Most Western countries have a long tradition of employment service provision by public bodies and non-profit organisations, but not by for-profit organisations. The creation of a quasi-market arrangement is not a simple choice for government. This paper underscores the difficulties and...
  N° 110   04 Oct 2010 Click to Access:  Distributional Consequences of Labor Demand Adjustments to a Downturn
Herwig Immervoll, Olivier Bargain, Andreas Peichl, Sebastien Siegloch
Macro-level changes can have substantial effects on the distribution of resources at the household level. While it is possible to speculate about which groups are likely to be hardest-hit, detailed distributional studies are still largely backward-looking. This paper suggests a straight forward...
  N° 145   23 May 2013 Click to Access:  Drivers of Female Labour Force Participation in the OECD
Olivier Thévenon
This paper analyses the response of female labour force participation to the evolution of labour markets and policies supporting the reconciliation of work and family life. Using country-level data from the early 1980s for 18 OECD countries, we estimate the influence of labour market and...
  N° 118   06 Sep 2011 Click to Access:  Early Maternal Employment and Child Development in Five OECD Countries
Maria del Carmen Huerta, Willem Adema, Jennifer Baxter, Miles Corak, Mette Deding, Matthew C. Gray, Wen-Jui Han, Jane Waldfogel
More mothers with young children are in paid work than in the past. There is a long-running debate on possible negative effects of maternal employment on child development. For the first time, this paper presents an initial comparative analysis of longitudinal data on maternal employment...
  N° 125   07 Oct 2011 Click to Access:  Earnings Volatility and its Consequences for Households
Danielle Venn
Many workers experience large fluctuations in before-tax labour earnings from one year to the next, due to changes in working hours, movements in and out of work and changes in pay. Youth entering the labour market and workers in non-standard jobs (such as temporary employment or...
  N° 108   31 Aug 2010 Click to Access:  Earnings of Men and Women Working in the Private Sector
Anna Christina D'Addio, Herwig Immervoll
The OECD’s "Average-Wage" (AW) concept is commonly used as a benchmark for tax-benefit and pension modeling. The purpose of this paper is to examine whether it is possible to use richer sets of earnings data in order to customize these modeling exercises to the situation of different groups of...
  N° 111   05 Apr 2011 Click to Access:  Economic Determinants and Consequences of Child Maltreatment
Lawrence M. Berger, Jane Waldfogel
Substantial numbers of children in the advanced industrialized countries experience child abuse and neglect each year, resulting in considerable social, emotional, and economic costs to both the children themselves and to their societies as a whole. Yet, whereas scholars and policymakers have...
  N° 138   10 Dec 2012 Click to Access:  Effects of Reducing Gender Gaps in Education and Labour Force Participation on Economic Growth in the OECD
Olivier Thévenon, Nabil Ali, Willem Adema, Angelica Salvi del Pero
This paper assesses the extent to which the increase in women’s human capital, as measured by educational attainment, has contributed to economic growth in OECD countries over the past five decades. Using cross-country/time series data covering 30 countries from 1960 to 2008 on education (the...
  N° 131   09 Jan 2012 Click to Access:  Eligibility Criteria for Unemployment Benefits
Danielle Venn
Eligibility criteria for unemployment benefits, which require recipients to actively look for work, take up suitable job offers or take part in active labour market programmes (ALMPs), or risk benefit sanctions, can play an important role in offsetting the negative impact of generous...
  N° 35   09 June 2006 Click to Access:  Employment Patterns in OECD Countries
Andrea Bassanini, Romain Duval
This paper explores the impact of policies and institutions on employment and unemployment of OECD countries in the past decades. Reduced-form unemployment equations, consistent with standard wage setting/pricesetting models, are estimated using cross-country/time-series data from 21 OECD...
  N° 140   14 Jan 2013 Click to Access:  Fathers' Leave, Fathers' Involvement and Child Development
Maria del Carmen Huerta, Willem Adema, Jennifer Baxter, Wen-Jui Han, Mette Lausten, RaeHyuck Lee, Jane Waldfogel
Previous research has shown that fathers taking some time off work around childbirth, especially periods of leave of 2 or more weeks, are more likely to be involved in childcare related activities than fathers who do not do so. Furthermore, evidence suggests that children with fathers who are...
  N° 69   29 Jan 2009 Click to Access:  Filling the Pension Gap
Pablo Antolín, Edward R. Whitehouse
The current generation of workers can expect lower pension benefits in retirement than the current generation of pensioners. Private, voluntary pension savings will therefore play a greater role in providing for old age. This paper calculates the size of the "pension gap": the difference...
  N° 8   06 June 2003 Click to Access:  Financial Resources and Retirement in Nine OECD Countries
Gordon Keenay, Edward R. Whitehouse
Most countries give income-tax concessions to older people relative to people of working age. Some treat pension income more favourably than earnings, and most do not levy social security contributions on older people. These policies mean that the direct tax burden of older people is lower than...
  N° 139   13 Dec 2012 Click to Access:  Flexicurity and the Economic Crisis 2008-2009
Tor Eriksson
A key feature of the Danish labour market is its so-called flexicurity, the coexistence of flexibility (low adjustment costs for both employers and employees) and security (owing to a developed social safety net with high coverage and high replacement ratios). This is often believed to have...
  N° 36   15 June 2006 Click to Access:  From Inactivity to Work
Stéphane Carcillo, David Grubb
Many OECD countries have in recent decades experienced periods of relatively rapid growth in nonemployment benefit expenditures and recipiency rates which have not subsequently been reversed. By contrast, in a number of OECD countries the number of unemployment benefit recipients has declined...
  N° 63   09 Nov 2007 Click to Access:  Globalisation and Labour Markets
David T. Coe
Globalisation is having important effects on labour markets in OECD countries. The global supply of labour has increased enormously with the emergence of China and India. At the same time technological advances have contributed to heightened income inequality and changed the nature of...
  N° 90   20 Aug 2009 Click to Access:  Going Separate Ways? School-to-Work Transitions in the United States and Europe
Glenda Quintini, Thomas Manfredi
This paper derives school-to-work transition pathways in the United States and Europe between the late 1990s and the early 2000s. To do so, it uses Optimal Matching, a technique developed to sequence DNA. The key advantage of using this technique is that, rather than focusing on a specific...
  N° 99   18 Nov 2009 Click to Access:  Happiness and Age Cycles - Return to Start...?
Justina A.V. Fischer
Previous happiness research has explicitly assumed that subjective well-being is U-shaped in age. This paper sheds new light on this issue testing several functional forms. Using micro data from the World Values Survey on 44 000 persons in 30 economically advanced OECD countries with long...
  N° 142   29 Nov 2012 Click to Access:  Helping Displaced Workers Back Into Jobs After a Natural Disaster
Danielle Venn
Large-scale natural disasters can have long-lasting effects on the labour market in affected areas in addition to their humanitarian and economic cost. Mass evacuations and disruptions to housing, transport, social services and infrastructure can impede labour market participation. Firms may...
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