Combining the Entry of Young People in the Labour Market with the Retention of Older Workers

30-04-2013

This study provides an overview of the employment situation of young and old workers in the EU Member States, setting out the most recent developments 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.

This study provides an overview of the employment situation of young and old workers in the EU Member States, setting out the most recent developments 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.

Εξωτερικός συντάκτης

Eichhorst Werner (IZA), Boeri Tito (frdb), Braga Michela (fdb), De Coen An (IDEA Consult), Galasso Vicenzo (frdb), Gerard Maarten (IDEA Consult), Kendzia Michael (IZA), Mayrhuber Christine (WIFO), Pedersen Jakob Louis (NIRAS), Schmidl Ricarda (IZA) and Steiber Nadia (WIFO)