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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. Therefore, 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 Longerpublished in 2006. The review consists of several activities, including

  • A comparative policy review of recent reforms and measures to stimulate employment of older workers
  • Country case studies evaluate the impact of recent policy reforms and identify good-practice measures.‌



More older people are working but large country differences remain
Employment of older workers aged 60-64 as a percentage of the population in the age group

Older workers figure

Source: OECD (2014), "Labour Market Statistics: Labour force statistics by sex and age", OECD Employment and Labour Market Statistics (database). DOI: 10.1787/data-00309-en



Country Case Studies Policy Review

Switzerland   Working Better with Age: Switzerland | 23 october 2014

Netherlands_small   Working Better with Age: Netherlands | 16 April 2014

  Working Better with Age: France | January 2014

Norway_small‌  Working Better with Age: Norway | June 2013


To come:

Poland  Working Better  with Age: Poland (beginning 2015)

Denmark  Working Better with Age: Denmark (2015)

South-Korea  Working Better with Age: Korea (2015)

For the 21 countries which participated in the OECD review Live Longer, Work Longer in 2003 and 2005, recent reforms and measures to stimulate employment of older workers (i.e. implemented between 2005 and 2012).

News Data Further Reading 

23 October 2014, Publication of the report Working better with Age in Switzerland (Video) 

16 April 2014, launch of the report on Ageing and Employment Policies "Working better with Age in the Netherlands". 

picture from the report event

Lodewijk Asscher, Netherlands Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Social Affairs and Employment and Stefano Scarpetta OECD Director for Employment, Labour and Social Affairs


Düll et Sonnet (2014), « Continuer à travailler après 55 ans: la Suisse pourrait faire mieux », La vie économique, n° 12, SECO, Berne.

Sonnet, Olsen and Manfredi (2014), “Towards More Inclusive Ageing and Employment Policies: The Lessons from France, The Netherlands, Norway and Switzerland”, 

De Economist, December 2014, Volume 162

Parent, G. (2014), "Retour à l'emploi des chômeurs seniors français ayant bénéficié d'un accompagnement renforcé vers l'emploi en 2009 et 2010", OECD Social, Employment and Migration Working Papers, No. 156, OECD Publishing.

Employment Outlook 2013  Chapter 1 "All in it together? The experience of different labour market groups following the crisis".

Pensions at a Glance 2013

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