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How to Combine the Entry of Young People in the Labour Market with the Retention of Older Workers?

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  • Eichhorst, Werner

    ()
    (IZA)

  • Boeri, Tito

    ()
    (Bocconi University)

  • De Coen, An

    ()
    (IDEA Consult)

  • Galasso, Vincenzo

    ()
    (Bocconi University)

  • Kendzia, Michael J.

    ()
    (IWSB)

  • Steiber, Nadia

    ()
    (Vienna University of Economics and Business)

Abstract

This paper provides an overview of the employment situation of young and old workers in the EU Member States, setting out the most recent development during the crisis and dealing with policies implemented to promote the employment of both groups. The evidence collected shows that there is no competition between young and older workers on the labour market. Structural or general policies to enhance the functioning of EU labour markets are crucial to improving the situation of both groups. However, the responsibility for employment policies still predominantly lies within Member States of the European Union, although initiatives taken at the EU level can provide added value, particularly through stimulating the exchange of experiences and facilitating regional and cross-border mobility throughout the EU.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 7829.

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Length: 33 pages
Date of creation: Dec 2013
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Publication status: forthcoming in: IZA Journal of European Labor Studies
Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp7829

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Keywords: Europe; older workers; youth unemployment; demographic change;

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  1. Staubli, Stefan, 2011. "The impact of stricter criteria for disability insurance on labor force participation," Journal of Public Economics, Elsevier, vol. 95(9), pages 1223-1235.
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  1. Eichhorst, Werner & Hinte, Holger & Rinne, Ulf, 2013. "Youth Unemployment in Europe: What to Do about It?," IZA Policy Papers 65, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  2. Eichhorst, Werner & Hinte, Holger & Rinne, Ulf, 2013. "Jugendarbeitslosigkeit in Europa: Status Quo und (keine?) Perspektiven," IZA Standpunkte 57, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).

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