Employment policies and data

Back to work: the OECD review on displaced workers


Workers who are involuntarily displaced from their jobs can face long periods of unemployment. Wages also tend to be lower once they find a new job, especially when they are unable to find a new job in the same occupation as their pre-displacement job or in occupations using similar skills. Helping displaced workers back into work quickly and minimising the income losses they face is therefore an important challenge for employment policy. This series of reports provides new empirical evidence from a comparative perspective on the incidence of displacement and the risk displaced workers subsequently face of a long spell of unemployment and large wage losses when re-emplo‌d. It also identifies the main labour market programmes providing help to these workers and assesses how adequate and effective they are. Policy recommendations for further action are presented.

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Cross-country analytical report  Blue line

It is important to have a better understanding of the incidence and impact of job displacement in order to guide policy for helping affected workers. While considerable academic research has document the issue of job displacement in particular countries, differences in definitions, methods and data sources used make it difficult to compare results across countries and studies. This report uses a comparable methodology to examine job displacement in its consequences in 15 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.

The OECD Analytical Report on Displaced Workers was launched at a research conference at the OECD headquarters on 16-17 May 2013 (conference program and presentations). The final report, Back to Work: Re-employment, Earnings and Skill Use after Job Displacement, was released in October 2013.

The main findings from the Analytical Report on Displaced Workers are also presented in a chapter in the OECD Employment Outlook 2013

Country reviews  Blue line

Nine countries will participate in the review: Australia, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, Sweden and the 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.

Japan  Back to Work: Japan - Improving the Re-employment Prospects of Displaced Workers

Korea: Improving the Re-employment Prospects of Displaced Workers

Data  Blue line

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

 Related work Blue line

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