Ageing and Employment Policies


Giving older people better work incentives and choices is crucial in the context of rapid population ageing and pressures on the sustainability of public social expenditures. The OECD is carrying out a new review of policies to encourage greater labour market participation at an older age by fostering employability, job mobility and labour demand. This review will build upon the policy agenda that was presented in its major multi-country report, Live Longer, Work Longer, published in 2006. The review consists of several activities, in particular country case studies that evaluate the impact of recent policy reforms and identify good-practice measures.‌ Based on the findings of the review, a set of OECD policy guidelines for encouraging and supporting employment at an older age were prepared and adopted in December 2015 as the OECD Recommendation of the Council on Ageing and Employment Policies.

data on ageing and employment

Opportunities to work after age 55 vary considerably across OECD countries

Note: O‌ECD  weighted average. Source: Labour Market Statistics


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2012 country pOlicy monitoring

This policy monitoring presents reforms implemented between 2005 and 2012 to stimulate employment of older people by the 21 countries that participated in the OECD review Live Longer, Work Longer in 2003-05.

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