Employment policies and data

Back to work: the OECD review on displaced workers


This review looks at how job displacement (involuntary job loss due to firm closure or downsizing) is being tackled in a number of OECD countries.

Job displacement affects many workers over the course of their working lives. Displaced workers may face long periods of unemployment and, even when they find new jobs, tend to be paid less and have fewer benefits than in the jobs they held prior to displacement.  Helping displaced workers get back into good jobs quickly should be a key goal of labour market policy.


Cross-country analytical report

This report uses a comparable methodology to examine job displacement in its consequences in 14 countries. Along with providing more reliable international comparisons, this study provides new findings about the impact of displacement on skill-use and job benefits, issues that have received relatively little attention in the research literature.


Related event

The OECD Analytical Report on Displaced Workers was launched at a conference at the OECD headquarters on 16-17 May 2013 (read the conference program and presentations)


country reviews

Nine countries will participate in the review:

  • Australia
  • Canada (7 July 2015)
  • Denmark
  • Finland
  • Japan (2015)
  • Korea (2013)
  • New Zealand
  • Sweden
  • United States


Once the country reviews are completed, a synthesis report will be prepared highlighting the main issues and policy recommendations emerging from the review.



 Our Online Employment database  offers a large range up-to-date statistics on labour market outcomes.



This review builds on other recent research conducted by OECD on topics such as youth unemployment, activation policy, skills and the labour market impact of the ‌Great Recession




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