Managing an Aging Workforce and a Tight Labor Market: Views Held by Dutch Employers

Managing an Aging Workforce and a Tight Labor Market: Views Held by Dutch Employers Population Research and Policy Review 22: 21–40, 2003. © 2003 Kluwer Academic Publishers. Printed in the Netherlands. Managing an aging workforce and a tight labor market: views held by Dutch employers 1 2 1 CHANTAL REMERY , KÈNE HENKENS , JOOP SCHIPPERS & PETER EKAMPER Department of Labor Economics and the Economics of Equal Opportunity, Utrecht University, the Netherlands Netherlands Interdisciplinary Demograrphic Institute (NIDI), The Hague, the Netherlands Introduction Despite the strong growth in employment of the past years, the Dutch labor market faces a number of persistent problems. One such problem is the large number of people on disability benefits. Another problem is the low labor force participation of women, not so much in terms of people, but in terms of hours worked (Henkens et al. 2002). And, despite an increase since the mid- 1990s, the labor force participation of people over 50 is also much lower than the European average (OECD 1996). These low labor force participation rates should be seen against the backdrop of a strong increase in labor demand in recent years. In many sectors of the Dutch economy, this has led to tightness in the labor market (CPB 2000). Given that the population of Population Research and Policy Review Springer Journals

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