Older Workers

The View of Dutch Employers in a European Perspective

Wieteke Conen

Older Workers

Wieteke Conen

Distributed for Amsterdam University Press

162 pages | 6 x 9
Paper $25.00 ISBN: 9789069846651 Published July 2014 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada
A timely overview of European employers’ attitudes toward older workers, this book closely analyzes the Dutch experience and comparative examples drawn from a range of other countries.

Wieteke Conen demonstrates that across Europe, and especially in the Netherlands, employers tend to blame higher labor costs and lower productivity on an aging workforce. As a result, they avoid hiring and—in some cases—retaining older workers, eschewing other strategies that might help bridge the perceived gap between costs and productivity. Exploring some of these alternative strategies, Older Workers reveals how employers and the government could increase labor force participation among this growing population.

1. Organisations dealing with an ageing workforce: views and behaviour across time and place  

1.2. Ageing and the labour market in Europe 11

           1.2.1. Demographic developments 11

           1.2.2. Changing contexts 16

1.3. Research on the labour market for older workers 21

1.4. Theoretical considerations concerning employers’ behaviour 28

            1.5. Data collection 31

                                    1.5.1. Survey data 31

                                    1.5.2. Case study research 34

            1.6. Outline of the book and research questions 34          

2. Are employers changing their behaviour towards older workers? An analysis of employers’ surveys 2000-2009 39         

            2.1. Introduction 39

            2.2. Policy context 41

                       2.2.1. Reversing the exit culture: blocking pathways out of the labour market 41

                       2.2.2. Age discrimination legislation 41

                       2.2.3. Trends in participation and unemployment rates 42

            2.3. Theoretical background 43

                       2.3.1. Rational organisations and ageing 43

                       2.3.2. Institutional isomorphism 44

            2.4. Methods 45

                       2.4.1. Data 45

                       2.4.2. Variables and analyses 47

            2.5. Results 51

                       2.5.1. Retention and recruitment behaviour 51

                       2.5.2. Relative positions of underrepresented categories 54

                       2.5.3. Organisational policies 55

            2.6. Discussion and conclusions 56

3. Ageing organisations and extension of working lives: a case study approach 61

            3.1. Introduction 61

            3.2. Blocking the exit routes 63

            3.3. Theoretical background 65

            3.4. Methods 66

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