Ambitious retirement age indexation ensures sustainable public finances in Denmark

By Mikkel Hermansen, Denmark desk, OECD Economics Department Denmark has a long tradition of reforms delivering sound public finances and strengthening economic growth. One foundation of long-term fiscal sustainability was the decision taken in 2006 to index statutory and early retirement ages to life expectancy. Projections of public finances suggest that in this case (the … More Ambitious retirement age indexation ensures sustainable public finances in Denmark

How does ageing affect income redistribution?

By Mikkel Hermansen, Economist, OECD Economics Department In many advanced countries, the share of citiziens having reached post-retirement age is growing fast. Since elderly rely for a good part on a public pension scheme for income support, population ageing tends to result in more income redistribution, in particular in the form cash transfers. However, insofar … More How does ageing affect income redistribution?

Retraining can enable ageing Slovenians to keep pace with new technologies

by Rory O’Farrell, Slovenia Desk, OECD Economics Department While workers in many OECD countries are worried whether robots will take their jobs, the inhabitants of the Slovenian town of Kočevje are less concerned. In 2016 Japanese robotics firm, Yaskawa, announced plans to produce robots in Kočevje, which could create up to 200 jobs. This is … More Retraining can enable ageing Slovenians to keep pace with new technologies