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Ageing and Employment Policies/Vieillissement et politiques de l'emploi Sweden The current labour market situation of older workers

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Labour force participation rates have generally been rising for women and falling for men during several decades, bringing the two rates closer. Both the decrease for men and the increase for women are to a large extent the result of changes in the tax and welfare system during this period. The difference in overall participation rates between men and women in Sweden is currently 3.5 percentage points, but was as low as 0.9 percentage points in 1993. Currently, the overall labour force participation rate amounts to 78.4%, which is more or less the same as 30 years ago. In general, employment rates are high for most age groups and only start to decline above the age of 60...

Page Count: 42

Document Type: Review Article

Publication date: May 1, 2003

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