2004 OECD Economic Surveys: Netherlands 2004

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In this 2004 review of the Dutch economy, OECD examines the reasons for the volatility in the Dutch economy and makes recommendations in such areas as housing and pension reform, fiscal policy, labour force participation, product market competition,  innovation and productivity, and sustainable development. 

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Increasing Labour Force Participation

The activation of potential labour inputs represents an important element of the policy mix to limit the fall in potential growth associated with the demographic ageing process. Women will continue to make the largest contributions to growth in labour inputs over the next ten years, albeit smaller ones than between 1985 and 2000. While this trend is to a large extent autonomous, there is scope for increasing employment in the second largest group of the inactive population, persons with a disability benefit. The government has embarked on a comprehensive reform of the disability system, complemented with associated measures to strengthen work incentives for unemployed persons, which together ...

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