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Denmark was hit harder by the global financial crisis than its neighbouring countries and the OECD area, but is now slowly recovering. In the first quarter of 2016, the employment rate was still 4.8 percentage points lower than before the GFC with only minor improvement since 2013.
Given the ageing challenges, there is an increasing pressure in OECD countries to promote longer working lives. This report provides an overview of policy initiatives implemented in Denmark over the past decade. Even if these recent reforms are well in line with the recommendations of the 2005 OECD report Ageing and Employment Policies: Denmark, the focus has been put mainly on the supply side. The aim of this new report is to identify what more could be done to promote longer working lives. As a first step, the government should assess closely the implementation process to ensure that the expected outcomes of the reforms are achieved. More broadly, the strategy should act simultaneously in three areas by: i) strengthening incentives to carry on working; ii) tackling employment barriers on the side of employers; and iii) improving the employability of older workers.
Encourager un plus grand nombre d’individus à prolonger leur activité professionnelle permettrait au Danemark de faire face aux défis posés par le vieillissement rapide de sa population.
Les études montrent que le Danemark se situe proche ou légèrement au-dessus de la moyenne de l’OCDE pour ce qui est des compétences des étudiants et des adultes, alors même qu’il dépense plus que nombre d’autres pays de l’OCDE au titre de l’éducation, des politiques du marché du travail et de la formation des adultes.
Tackling mental ill-health of the working-age population is becoming a key issue for labour market and social policies in OECD countries. OECD governments increasingly recognise that policy has a major role to play in keeping people with mental ill-health in employment or bringing those outside of the labour market back to it, and in preventing mental illness. This report on Denmark is the third in a series of reports looking at how the broader education, health, social and labour market policy challenges identified in Sick on the Job? Myths and Realities about Mental Health and Work (OECD, 2012) are being tackled in a number of OECD countries. It concludes that the Danish system has a number of strengths that have yet to be used in a more effective way, but also that quite a few changes are needed in order to raise the labour market particiption of people with mental ill-health.
Il ressort d’un nouveau rapport de l'OCDE que les réformes engagées actuellement par le Danemark sur le régime des pensions d’invalidité et la flexibilité du travail sont encourageantes, mais qu’il est nécessaire de mettre davantage l’accent sur les problèmes de santé mentale afin que ces réformes contribuent à une baisse durable du fort taux de chômage du pays.
This report presents, for the first time a local ‘green growth’ indicator framework. This indicator framework was developed from the OECD ‘green growth’ strategy at the national level, but modified to highlight issues of transition that are most relevant for local areas.
A few high-growth enterprises are responsible for the majority of local job creation
Human resources and skills are becoming increasingly important to economic development. In the context of the economic downturn, challenges such as high youth unemployment call for a collaborative and tailored approach.
Country Notes from OECD Economic Policy Reforms: Going for growth 2011 presenting OECD recommendations for structural reform priorities for individual countries.