Directorate for Employment, Labour and Social Affairs

OECD Newsletter on Employment, Migration, Health and Social Affairs - Spring 2013


Within the OECD, the Directorate for Employment, Labour and Social Affairs (ELS) works on the following subjects: employment, health, migration and social issues. The newsletter is published quarterly (in English only) and focuses on new and ongoing projects, recent publications and upcoming events. It is updated regularly and is accessible online.

What's new


Brochure Instit ELS 2013


The Employment, Social protection and International migration Brochure describes how the interrelated policy areas can help countries boost employment, improve social welfare and manage migration in the context of ageing populations, globalisation and rapid technological change. 

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The Health Brochure explains how we advise policy makers and inform public and private stakeholders and citizens on how to address demands for more and better quality health care – a particularly important mission with public budgets under strain.

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Social Issues


Crisis squeezes income and puts pressure on inequality and poverty.

New results from the OECD Income Distribution Database

OECD Reviews of Health Care Quality: Denmark

Read the latest country review 



Labour migration policies

The thematic reviews of labour migration in Sweden and Germany are the first of a series of country studies of labour migration policies. These publications analyse whether a country is effectively and efficiently using migration policy to help meet its labour needs, without adverse effects on national labour markets.
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Beyond the Financial Crisis – Pursuing Jobs, Equality and Trust

Remarks by Angel Gurría, OECD Secretary-General, delivered at the 9th European Regional Meeting of the International Labour Organization.
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Key Publications

Mental Health and Work: Belgium

Mental Health and Work

This series offers both a general overview of the main challenges and barriers to better integrating people with mental illness in the world of work, as well as a close look at the situation in specific OECD countries.
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Settling In OECD Indicators of Immigrant Integration 2012

This publication presents the first international comparison across OECD countries of the outcomes for immigrants and their children in the main area of economic and social integration.
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 ‌  OECD Health Data 2012

The most comprehensive source of comparable statistics on health and health systems across OECD countries. The 2013 edition will be released at the end of June.
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  Waiting Time Policies in the Health Sector. What Works?

A framework to understand why there are waiting lists for elective surgery in some OECD countries and not in others. It also describes how waiting times are measured in OECD countries, and makes recommendations for best practice.
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Access recent publications

Coming Soon


  • International Migration Outlook 2013
  • Strengthening Health Information Infrastructure
  • A Good Life in Old Age? Monitoring and Improving Quality in Long-term Care
  • OECD Health Data 2013
  • Employment Outlook 2013


Working Papers

Upcoming Events

Social, Employment and Migration Working Papers

N° 144 - The Role of Short-Time Working Schemes During the Global Financial Crisis and Early Recovery

N° 143 - Trends in Job Skill Demands in OECD Countries

N° 142 - Helping Displaced Workers Back Into Jobs After a Natural Disaster

N° 141 - Labour Market Effects of Parental Leave Policies in OECD Countries

N° 140 - Fathers' Leave, Fathers' Involvement and Child Development

Health Papers

No. 60 - Health Spending Growth at Zero: Which Countries, Which Sectors Are Most Affected? (January 2013)

No. 61 - International Variations in a Selected Number of Surgical Procedures (March 2013)

View all Social, Employment and Migration Working Papers and Health Working Papers

IZA/OECD/World Bank Conference 

16 May 2013
Safety Nets and Benefit Dependence: Evidence and Policy Implications (Learn more)

Forthcoming Seminars
Seminars last for 1 hour and 15 minutes and usually take place in the OECD Conference Centre. Those wishing to attend please contact Michele Pellizzari (

16 May 2013
"Early Child Care and Child Development: For Whom it Works and Why?"
Rafael Lalive (University of Lausanne)

5 June 2013
Title: (to be announced)
Iwan Barankay (Wharton School - University of Pennsylvania)

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