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Taux d'emploi des seniors et structure productive


  • Sarah Guillou
  • Sandrine Levasseur


This article deals with the relation between the rate of employment of older workers and the great advances made in technology in the last decades. The analysis of specialization of production allows grasping part of this technological evolution. We suppose a relation between older workers? rate of employment and the specialization of production because the characteristics of the older workers labour supply potentially made them particularly vulnerable to a more technological-intensive specialization. To identify this relation, we compare the French production specialization and the one of five countries of the European Union that performs better in terms of older workers? rate of employment (Denmark, Finland, Sweden, Netherlands and United Kingdom). Using international classification of industries by their technological, knowledge and ICT intensity, we find that the French specialization is relatively less favourable to the older workers? employment in comparison to the 5 benchmark countries. JEL classification: J01, J14, J26, J62, L16.

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  • Sarah Guillou & Sandrine Levasseur, 2008. "Taux d'emploi des seniors et structure productive," Revue de l'OFCE, Presses de Sciences-Po, vol. 0(3), pages 185-203.
  • Handle: RePEc:cai:reofsp:reof_106_0185

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    productive structures; specialization; older workers' employment rate;

    JEL classification:

    • J01 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - General - - - Labor Economics: General
    • J14 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Economics of the Elderly; Economics of the Handicapped; Non-Labor Market Discrimination
    • J26 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Retirement; Retirement Policies
    • J62 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers - - - Job, Occupational and Intergenerational Mobility; Promotion
    • L16 - Industrial Organization - - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance - - - Industrial Organization and Macroeconomics; Macroeconomic Industrial Structure


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