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  • 16-January-2013

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    Enhancing the inclusiveness of the labour market in Belgium

    The global crisis led to a smaller increase in the unemployment rate than in most other OECD countries as employment has been sustained through intensive use of reduced working time schemes.

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  • 11-December-2012

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    Euro area labour costs converging, but imbalances persist

    The euro area crisis finds its roots in the credit booms seen in many countries following the introduction of the euro in 1999. Easy credit led to strong growth in a range of sectors, notably housing, as well as higher levels of public spending. Inflation in these over-heating economies was higher than the euro area as a whole. Rising prices led to rising costs and a loss of international competitiveness.

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  • 11-December-2012

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    Activating Jobseekers - How Australia Does It

    This report on the recent Australian experience with activation policies contains valuable lessons for other countries that need to improve the effectiveness of employment services and control benefit expenditure. It provides overview and assessment of labour market policies in Australia including the main institutions, benefit system, training programmes, employment incentives, and disability employment assistance.

    Australia is unique among OECD countries in that its mainstream employment services are all delivered by over 100 for-profit and non-profit providers competing in a “quasi-market”, with their operations financed by service fees, employment outcome payments, and a special fund for measures that tackle jobseekers’ barriers to employment. In most other OECD countries, these services are delivered by the Public Employment Service. In the mid 2000s, several benefits previously paid without a job-search requirement were closed or reformed, bringing more people into the effective labour force.

    Australia now has one of the highest employment rates in the OECD and this report concludes that its activation system deserves some of the credit for this relatively good performance. The Job Services Australia model, introduced in 2009, reinforced the focus on employment outcomes for highly-disadvantaged groups. This report assesses the latest model for activation and puts forward some recommendations to improve its effectiveness.

  • 11-December-2012

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    Australia’s unique approach to helping the unemployed has delivered good results but challenges remain, says OECD

    Australia’s labour market reforms over the past 15 years have boosted employment and cut welfare benefit dependency.

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  • 10-December-2012

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    Women in work: The Norwegian experience

    An interview with Sigbjørn Johnsen, Minister of Finance, Norway. High female participation in the workforce has a decisive effect on a country’s performance, as Norway shows.

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  • 22-November-2012

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    Human Resources Management: Country Profiles

    These country notes profile public sector human resource practices and policies, covering issues including legal frameworks; age and gender composition of workers; public sector restructuring; management practices; industrial relations and reforms.

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  • 9-November-2012

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    Policy challenges for the next 50 years

    The OECD 50-year Global Scenario helps to highlight key global challenges and how they are connected.

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  • 15-October-2012

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    Knowledge is our most valued asset: Go structural, social, institutional and green

    During his official visit to India, OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría will participate in an interactive session with Indian industrialists to discuss the global economic situation, the outlook for the Indian economy and the OECD-India cooperation.

  • 11-October-2012

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    Workshop: Government approaches to supporting local economic and employment development (Riga, Latvia)

    Today many local communities are confronted with the challenge of reducing high and persistent unemployment and defining new sources of economic growth, all in the context of shrinking public resources. The event gathered representatives of ministries responsible for regional development and employment from Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia and selected OECD countries to exchange on approaches that work in addressing these challenges.

  • 6-September-2012

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    Jobs for Europe: The Employment Policy Conference

    OECD Secretary-General assesses the employment challenges facing Europe and the policy responses urgently needed to put the continent back on a path of jobs-rich growth, at the Employment Policy Conference in Brussels.

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