Labor market participation of older workers in international comparison

Publikation: Arbeits- oder Diskussionspapiere und BerichteArbeits- oder Diskussionspapiere


From an international comparative point of view the paper deals with driving forces and potential obstacles for the labor market participation of older workers. It goes into depth by focusing on four case studies that seem to be prototypical for different contexts. As Europe embraces a high variance of cultures of work and welfare state systems, Germany, Israel, Italy and Sweden were selected in order to examine the development and the situation of older workers in detail. Each country stands for a specific configuration, e.g. because it may represent a trend reversal, a continuously outstanding performance, or lasting problems.  The cases also include information on pension reforms and approaches to better manage aging workforces, in some cases including a new balance of work and retirement. Being aware of the different country situations, it becomes obvious that one size of politics does not fit all. Independent of national policies, employability over the life cycle should gain more attention. Regarding future developments, several domains of organizational practices are indispensable to appropriately manage an aging workforce, including skill improvement and a healthy work environment.

VerlagInstitut für Arbeitsmarkt- und Berufsforschung der Bundesagentur für Arbeit - IAB
Anzahl der Seiten26
PublikationsstatusErschienen - 02.11.2021