OECD LEED Expert Roundtable
31 March 2015, OECD LEED Programme, Paris, France
With the support of the European Commission DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion
In OECD countries, populations are living longer, healthier lives, while at the same time experiencing decreasing fertility rates. The share of the population under age 15 is shrinking and the share over age 65 is growing. The elderly dependency ratio (the population aged 65 years and older per 100 persons aged 15-64 years) is increasing fast. The average 2010 OECD elderly dependency ratio was 22, a figure which is expected to rise to 46 by 2050.
Population ageing has broad economic, social, and political impacts worldwide, with some localities experiencing particularly sharp effects on their population structure. If some areas are showing a stagnation of their population growth, others are shrinking with strong consequences on their productivity and growth.
In this context, the OECD LEED research project “Local economic strategies for ageing and shrinking labour markets” is exploring the local labour market impacts of ageing as well as policy instruments to address this challenge from firm management practices for older workers to comprehensive local strategies for ageing skills ecosystems.
This 1 day expert roundtable gathered local partners, relevant stakeholders, researchers and practitioners to explore the following issues:
What is the impact of ageing on local labour markets?
How are firms adapting their management practices to cope with an ageing workforce?
What employment and skills strategies could be adopted at local level?
Lively discussions on each of these topics will be kicked off by presentations from experts, policymakers, and practitioners. In order to foster discussion and encourage active participation, space at the seminar will be limited.
For further information on the seminar, please contact the OECD Secretariat.