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Ageing and Employment Policies: Denmark 2015

Working Better with Age

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Given the ageing challenges, there is an increasing pressure in OECD countries to promote longer working lives. This report provides an overview of policy initiatives implemented in Denmark over the past decade. Even if these recent reforms are well in line with the recommendations of the 2005 OECD report Ageing and Employment Policies: Denmark, the focus has been put mainly on the supply side. The aim of this new report is to identify what more could be done to promote longer working lives. As a first step, the government should assess closely the implementation process to ensure that the expected outcomes of the reforms are achieved. More broadly, the strategy should act simultaneously in three areas by: i) strengthening incentives to carry on working; ii) tackling employment barriers on the side of employers; and iii) improving the employability of older workers.

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The “live longer, work longer” challenge for Denmark

This chapter offers a first look at Denmark’s situation with regard to meeting the demographic challenge of an ageing population. The country is positioned in relation to other OECD countries with regard to old age dependency ratios, and life expectancy figures for men and women are compared with those of other European countries. The chapter concludes with a summary assessment of the extent to which Denmark has followed the OECD recommendations from the 2005 report, Ageing and Employment Policies: Denmark. This assessment based on action taken between 2005 and 2012 is useful to identify areas where more could be done, covering both supply-side and demand-side aspects.

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