Policy Briefs


  • 18-May-2016

    English, PDF, 1,637kb

    Policy brief on the Future of Work: Automation and independent work in a digital economy

    OECD analyses have begun to understand the relationship between digitalisation, jobs and skills, the magnitude of potential job substitution due to technological change, the relationship between globalisation and wage polarisation, as well as the changes to the organisation of work.

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  • 2-March-2016

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    Policy Brief: Parental leave: Where are the fathers?

    All OECD countries, except the United States, provide nationwide paid maternity leave. Over half also offer paternity leave to fathers right after childbirth. By enabling fathers to take on a greater share of the childcare burden, parental leave can support women’s careers.

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  • 30-September-2015

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    Ireland Policy Brief: Improving SMEs' Access to Finance to Boost Growth and Job Creation

    Business lending in Ireland has still not recovered to pre-crisis levels. Credit conditions remain tight, and interest rates high by Euro area standards, especially for small firms.

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  • 12-August-2015

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    Policy Brief: Adapting to the changing face of work - Policies to make the most of part-time and temporary work

    OECD countries are seeing a trend away from traditional employment towards part-time and temporary work and self-employment. However, there are concerns that part-time and temporary work are contributing to inequality and poverty. Policy needs to focus on ensuring that these "non-traditional" jobs are stepping stones to better jobs, not dead ends.

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  • 31-July-2015

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    South Africa Policy Brief: Tackling Youth Unemployment

    Addressing poor labour market outcomes for youth will require measures to boost job creation, increase employability through better education and training, promote entrepreneurship, improve job quality, and strengthen social protection.

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  • 11-June-2015

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    Slovenia Policy Brief: Active Labour Market Policies to Fight Youth and Long-Term Unemployment

    The incidence of long-term unemployment in Slovenia is among the highest in the OECD. The crisis has hit the youth the hardest, leaving more than one in five young workers without a job.

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  • 10-June-2015

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    Japan Policy Brief: Greater Gender Equality for More Inclusive Growth

    To achieve greater gender equality in employment and more inclusive growth, Japan needs to change the workplace culture and ensure that the tax and social security systems do not reduce work incentives for second earners in households.

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  • 9-June-2015

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    Policy Brief on social impact measurement for social enterprises (doc)

    The OECD programme on local economic and employment development (LEED) has advised governments and communities since 1982 on how to respond to economic change and tackle complex problems in a fast-changing world. Its mission is to contribute to the creation of more and better quality jobs through more effective policy implementation, innovative practices, stronger capacities and integrated strategies at the local level.

  • 1-June-2015

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    Policy Brief on Sustaining Self-employment

    Many spells in self-employment end within the first few years of business. This can be by choice to earn income in-between jobs, or it can be due to systematic barriers that prevent businesses from becoming sustainable. This Policy Brief was prepared by the LEED (Local Economic and Employment Development) Programme of the OECD with the financial support of the European Commission, D-G for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion.

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  • 6-May-2015

    English, PDF, 405kb

    Focus on Minimum wages after the crisis: Making them pay (PDF, 12-pages)

    Three out of four OECD countries use minimum wages, and supporting low-wage earners is widely seen as important for promoting inclusive growth. This policy brief considers three aspects that are central for a balanced assessment of policy choices: The cost of employing minimum-wage workers, their take-home pay, and the number of workers affected.

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