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Labour force participation growth in Europe will rely more on targeted policies than a socio-educational push

Cristina Fernández, David Martínez Turégano, (2018), “Labour force participation growth in Europe will rely more on targeted policies than a socio-educational push”, Vox, 7  February

European labour force participation has increased over recent decades, fuelled in large part by increased female labour participation, improvements in education levels, and socioeconomic factors. This column explores whether this trend will continue, or whether we will see a decline similar to that in the US. Results indicate that while Europe’s labour participation is not on the verge of a reversal, targeted policies will need to take over from socio-educational developments in driving further growth.

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