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Decomposing the change in labour force indicators over time

By Alexia Prskawetz, Barbara Zagaglia, Thomas Fent, Vegard Skirbekk

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Date received:15 Oct 2004
Date published:21 Oct 2005
Word count:5000
Keywords:decomposition method, labor force, labor force indicators, population aging


In this paper we study changes in the size and the composition of the labour force in five OECD countries from 1983 through 2000. We apply a recent decomposition method to quantify the components of the change over time in the crude labour force rate and the mean age of the labour force. Our results show that the change in the crude labour force rate was dominated by the change in age-specific labour force participation rates. For the mean age of the labour force we find that for males the change in the age composition of the population predominately explains the overall change while the results for females are less clear-cut.

Author's Affiliation

Alexia Prskawetz - Vienna University of Technology, Austria [Email]
Barbara Zagaglia - Università Politecnica delle Marche, Italy [Email]
Thomas Fent - Vienna Institute of Demography, Austrian Academy of Sciences, Austria [Email]
Vegard Skirbekk - International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, Austria [Email]

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