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Ageing and Employment Policies/Vieillissement et politiques de l'emploi: Sweden 2003

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With rapidly aging populations, old-age pension reform and early-retirement schemes alone may not suffice to provide adequate employment opportunities. Additional measures will clearly be needed on wage scales, job discrimination, skills acquisition, and working conditions. Attitudes will also have to change about working later in life. Little is known, however, about what countries have been or should be doing on those issues. This report on Sweden begins a series of around 20 OECD country reports intended to fill the gap. Each contains a survey of the main employment barriers confronting older people, an assessment of existing remedial measures, and policy recommendations for further action.

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Policy Coherence and Dilemmas

To manage the demographic and economic challenge ahead an increase in the utilisation of potential labour supply is needed. This can be achieved by increasing employment rates; actual average hours of work; or the average number of years spent in the labour market. Other potential solutions could include raising immigration rates and, as a longer-term measure, encouraging higher fertility rates...

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