Publications & Documents


  • 7-June-2016

    English

    Recruiting Immigrant Workers: Europe 2016

    The OECD series Recruiting Immigrant Workers comprises country studies of labour migration policies. Each volume analyses whether migration policy is being used effectively and efficiently to help meet labour needs, without adverse effects on labour markets. It focuses mainly on regulated labour migration movements over which policy has immediate and direct oversight. This particular volume looks at the efficiency of European Union instruments for managing labour migration.

  • 7-June-2016

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    Europe is underachieving in the global competition for talent

    The European Union should reform its legal labour migration policies to get its fair share of the global talent pool, according to a new report published by the OECD.

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  • 3-June-2016

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    Tax incentives and skills: A cautionary tale about the risk of complexity

    Tax incentives are used widely across OECD countries to incentivise individuals to invest in education and training, but are they effective? Recent evidence from the USA highlights the risk of creating overly complex systems in which the embedded incentives are no longer fully understood by individuals. This carries an important lesson for other countries in designing their own tax measures for skills investments.

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  • 2-June-2016

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    Making better use of skills and migration in Poland

    To continue catching up with living standards in other OECD countries Poland needs to invest in higher skills.

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  • 1-June-2016

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    Anticipating Change: Work, Skills and Job Quality

    To maximise the positive impact of digitalisation on productivity and growth, countries will need to invest in the right skills, promote job quality, and adapt labour market institutions and social protection to the new world of work. This raises a number of interrelated challenges. This paper provides suggestions on which policies are needed to confront these challenges and anticipate change.

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  • 1-June-2016

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    Enabling the Next Production Revolution: The Future of Manufacturing and Services - Interim Report

    This interim report seeks to provide background to a wider discussion on productivity and change in OECD economies. Its intent is to sketch the opportunities, risks and economic and policy ramifications of a set of technologies which are likely to be important for production over the near term (to 2030). C/MIN(2016)5

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  • 1-June-2016

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    Policymakers: Act now to break out of the low-growth trap and deliver on our promises

    Policymaking is at an important juncture. Without comprehensive, coherent and collective action, disappointing and sluggish growth will persist, making it increasingly difficult to make good on promises to current and future generations.

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  • 31-May-2016

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    Refugees are not a burden but an opportunity

    When nearly a million Vietnamese “boat people” fled their country in the late 1970s and early 1980s and sought refuge elsewhere, they were typically seen as a burden and often turned away. Eventually, many were allowed to settle in the US. Most arrived speaking little or no English and with few assets or relevant job skills. Yet Vietnamese refugees are now more likely to be employed and have higher incomes than people born in the US.

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  • 27-May-2016

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    Are we only apparently mismatched? Reasons and consequences of apparent qualification mismatch

    Workers can be mismatched by qualifications while their skills are, in fact, adequate for their jobs. This situation, ‘apparent’ qualification mismatch is more common in certain fields of study than in others and speaks to the need of strengthening the links between employers, education providers and students to share information on the true skills, to avoid true skills mismatch.

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  • 26-May-2016

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    Making growth more inclusive in Costa Rica

    In the past 30 years Costa Rica has grown steadily and social indicators have improved markedly. Well-being indicators are comparable or even above the OECD average in several dimensions, such as health, environment or life-satisfaction. This paper reviews the social progress that Costa Rica has achieved and identifies reducing inequality and poverty as the main challenges.

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