Underestimated effects of a longer working life in Europe (2013:5epa)

Several EU Member States have developed measures to postpone retirement and prolong working life. In this analysis, the authors highlight the main evolutions in the area, and the current situation of the 50-74 year olds on the labour market in eight European countries. Systems adopted in these countries seem to have achieved some similar effects, such as later exit among persons with higher education. However, considerable differences can be observed, for instance regarding the employment rate of women.

Moreover, the analysis summarises the conditions for the elderly workforce and points out that several socioeconomic effects of a longer working life deserve further attention.

The analysis is part of SIEPS´ research project The Future Single Market.

Note: This publication is in Swedish only.

Dominique Anxo is a Professor of Economics at the Department of Economics and Statistics, Linnaeus University, Växjö and Kalmar. Thomas Ericson is an Associate Professor at the same department. Annie Jolivet is a Researcher in Economics at the Institute of Economic and Social Research (IRES) and Studies Centre on Age and Population at Work (CREAPT) in Paris.