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OECD Employment Outlook – 1989 - 2017 editions: chapters and supplementary material


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employment outlook 2017OECD Employment Outlook 2017

  1. How are we doing? A broad assessment of labour market performance

  2. Labour market resilience: The role of structural and macroeconomic policies
  3. How technology and globalisation are transforming the labour market
  4. Collective bargaining in a changing world of work



employment outlook 2016OECD Employment Outlook 2016

  1. Recent labour market developments and the short-term outlook
  2. Skills use at work
  3. Short-term labour market effects of structural reforms
  4. Closing gender gaps in the labour markets of emerging economiesxxx

employment outlook 2015OECD Employment Outlook 2015

1. Activation policies for more inclusive labour markets
2. Skills and wage inequality
3. Activation policies for more inclusive labour markets
4. The quality of working lives: Earnings mobility, labour market risk and long-term inequality
5. Enhancing job quality in emerging economies

EMPLOYMENT OUTLOOK 2014OECD Employment Outlook 2014

1. An update on the labour market situation
2. Sharing the pain equally? Wage adjustments during the crisis and recovery
3. How good is your job? Measuring and assessing job quality
4. Non-regular employment, job security and the labour market divide
5. The role of skills in early labour market outcomes and beyond


EMPLOYMENT OUTLOOK 2013OECD Employment Outlook 2013

1. All in it together? The experience of different labour market groups following the crisis)
2. Protecting jobs, enhancing flexibility: A new look at employment protection legislation)
3. Activating jobseekers: Lessons from seven OECD countries)
4. Back to work: Re-employment, earnings and skill use after job displacement

EMPLOYMENT OUTLOOK 2012OECD Employment Outlook 2012

1. Waiting for the Recovery: OECD Labour Markets in the Wake of the Crisis)
2. What Makes Labour Markets Resilient During Recessions?
3. Labour Losing to Capital: What Explains the Declining Labour Share?
4. What Green Growth Means for Workers and Labour Market Policies: An Initial Assessment

EMPLOYMENT OUTLOOK 2011OECD Employment Outlook 2011

1. Income Support for the Unemployed: How well has the safety-net held up during the "Great Recession"?
2. The labour market effects of social protection systems in emerging economies
3. Earnings volatility: causes and consequences
4. Right for the job: over-qualified or under-skilled?

Employment outlook 2010OECD Employment Outlook 2010

1. Moving Beyond the Jobs Crisis
2. The Global Crisis in Emerging Economies: The Jobs Impact and Policy Response
3. Institutional and Policy Determinants of Labour Market Flows
4. How Good is Part-Time Work?

OECD Employment Outlook 2009

1. The Jobs Crisis: What Are the Implications for Employment and Social Policy?
2. How Do Industry, Firm and Worker Characteristics Shape Job and Worker Flows?
3. Is Work the Best Antidote to Poverty?
4. Pathways onto (and off) Disability Benefits: Assessing the Role of Policy and Individual Circumstances

Employment outlook 2008
OECD Employment Outlook 2008

1. Off to a Good Start? Youth Labour Market Transitions in OECD Countries
2. Declaring Work or Staying Underground: Informal Employment in Seven OECD Countries
3. The Price of Prejudice: Labour Market Discrimination on the Grounds of Gender and Ethnicity
4. Are All Jobs Good for Your Health? The Impact of Work Status and Working Conditions on Mental Health
5. Do Multinationals Promote Better Pay and Working Conditions?

employment outlook 2007
OECD Employment Outlook 2007

1. Labour Markets in Brazil, China, India and Russia and Recent Labour Market Developments and Prospects in OECD countries
2. More Jobs but Less Productive? The Impact of Labour Market Policies on Productivity
3. OECD Workers in the Global Economy: Increasingly Vulnerable?
4. Financing Social Protection: The Employment Effect
Corrigendum to  Box 4.6
5. Activating the Unemployed: What Countries Do

employment outlook 2006OECD Employment Outlook 2006

1. Short-term labour market prospects and introduction to the OECD Jobs Strategy Reassessment
2. Labour market performance since 1994 and future challenges
3. General policies to improve employment opportunities for all
4. Policies targeted at specific workforce groups or labour-market segments
5. Social implications of policies aimed at raising employment
6. Understanding policy interactions and complementarities, and their implication for reform strategies
7. Reassessing the role of policies and institutions for labour market performance:A quantitative analysis

EMPLOYMENT OUTLOOK 2005OECD Employment Outlook 2005

Introduction: Short-term Employment Prospects
1.Trade-adjustment costs in OECD labour markets: a mountain or a molehill?
2. How persistent are regional disparities in employment? The role of geographic mobility
3. Increasing financial incentives to work: the role of in-work benefits
4. Labour market programmes and activation strategies: evaluating the impacts
5. Public employment services: managing performance

employment outlook 2004OECD Employment Outlook 2004

1. Recent Labour Market Developments and Prospects
2. Employment Protection Regulation and Labour Market Performance
3. Wage-setting Institutions and Outcomes
4. Improving Skills for More and Better Jobs: Does Training Make a Difference?
5. Informal Employment and Promoting the Transition to a Salaried Economy


employment outlook 2003OECD Employment Outlook 2003

Introduction: Towards More and Better Jobs
1. More and better jobs? Aggergate performance during the past decade
2. The Labour Mobilisation Challenge - Remaining Pockets of Excess Inactivity and Barriers to Moving up Job Ladders
3. Making Work Pay – Making Work Possible
4. Benefits and Employment, Friend or Foe? Interactions Between Passive and Active Social Programmes
5. Upgrading Workers’ Skills and Competencies

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employment outlook 2002OECD Employment Outlook 2002

1. Recent labour market developments and prospects - Special focus: a better start for youths?
2. Women at work: who are they and how are they faring?
3. Taking the meaures of temporary employment
4. The ins and outs of long-term unemployment
5. And the twain shall meet: cross-market effects of labour and product market policies 

employment outlook 2001OECD Employment Outlook 2001

1. Recent labour market developments and prospects - Special focus on labour market policies: how the money has been spents
2. When money is tight: Poverty dynamics in OECD countries
3. The characteristics and quality of service sector jobs 
4. Balancing work and family life: helping parents into paid employment
5. The employment of foreigners: Outlook and issues in OECD countries

employment outlook 2000OECD Employment Outlook 2000

1. Recent labour market developments and prospects - Special focus on the evolution of employment in the new OECD Member Countries
2. Disparities in regional labour markets
3. Employment in the service economy: A reassessment
4. Eligibility criteria for unemployment benefits
5. The partial renaissance of self-employment 

employment outlook 1999OECD Employment Outlook 1999

1. Recent Labour Market Developments and Prospects - Special focus on the quality of part-time jobs
2. Employment Protection and Labour Market Performance
3. Training of Adult Workers in OECD Countries: Measurement and Analysis
4. New Enterprise Work Practices and their Labour Market Implications

employment outlook 1998OECD Employment Outlook 1998

1. Recent Labour Market Developments and Prospects - Special focus on patterns of employment and joblessness from a household perspective 
2. Making the Most of the Minimum: Statutory Minimum Wages, Employment and Poverty
3. Getting Started, Settling In: The Transition from Education to the Labour Market
4. Work-force Ageing in OECD Countries

5. Working Hours: Latest Trends and Policy Initiative

employment outlook 1997OECD Employment Outlook 1997

1. Recent Labour Market Developments and Prospects
2. Earnings Mobility: Taking a Longer Run View 
3. Economic Performance and the Structure of Collective Bargaining 
4. Trade, Earnings and Employment: Assessing the Impact of Trade with Emerging Economies on OECD Labour Markets 
5. Is Job Insecurity on the Increase in OECD Countries?

Employment Outlook 1996

1. Recent Labour Market Developments and Prospects 
2. Making Work Pay 
3. Earnings Inequality, Low-paid Employment and Earnings Mobility 
4. Growing into Work: Youth and the Labour Market over the 1980s and 1990s 
5. Employment Adjustment, Workers and Unemployment

Employment Outlook 1995

1. Recent Labour Market Developments and Prospects 
2. Supplementary Measures of Labour Market Slack: An Analysis of Discouraged and Involuntary Part-time Workers
3. The Public Employment Service in Denmark, Finland and Italy
4. Profit-sharing in OECD Countries
5. Long-term Leave for Parents in OECD Countries

Employment Outlook 1994

1. Recent Labour Market Developments and Prospects 
2. Medium-term Perspectives on Labour Supply and Occupational Change 
3. Job Gains and Job Losses in Firms 
4. Labour Standards and Economic Integration
5. Collective bargaining: Levels and coverage

Employment Outlook 1993

1. Labour Market Prospects and Recent Developments
2. Active Labour Market Policies: Assessing Macroeconomic and Microeconomic Effects
3. Long-term Unemployment: Selected Causes and Remedies
4. Enterprise Tenure, Labour Turnover and Skill Training
5. Earnings Inequality: Changes in the 1980s

Employment Outlook 1992

1. Recent Labour Market Developments and Prospects
2. Monitoring Labour Market Developments
3. The Public Employment Service in Japan, Norway, Spain and the United Kingdom
4. Recent Developments in Self-employment
5. Labour Market Participation and Retirement of Older Workers
6. Labour Market Reforms in Central and Eastern Europe and the Rise of Unemployment

Employment Outlook 1991

1. Recent Labour Market Developments and Prospects
2. A Review of Labour Markets in the 1980s
3. Labour Markets in Dynamic Asian Economies
4. Trends in Trade Union Memberships
5. Enterprise-related Training
6. Absence from Work Reported in Labour Force Surveys
7. Unemployment Benefit Rules and Labour Market Policy

Employment Outlook 1990

1. Labour Market Trends and Prospects in the OECD Area
2. Displacement and Job Loss: The Workers Concerned
3. Supply and Demand in Regional Labour Markets: Population Growth, Migration, Participation, and Earnings Differentials 
4. Occupational Illness in OECD Countries
5. Child Care in OECD Countries
6. Employer Versus Employee Taxation: The Impact on Employment
7. Involuntary Part-time Work as a Component of Underemployment

Employment Outlook 1989

1.  Labour Market Trends and Prospects
2.  Educational Attainment of the Labour Force
3.  Regional Unemployment in OECD Countries
4.  Occupational Accidents in OECD Countries
5.  Characteristics of Employment in Growing and Declining Industries











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