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Policy Synthesis of EU Research Results, Series no 5: Employment and Unemployment, EUR 23162

Funded under: FP6-CITIZENS


This Report reviews twenty-nine projects funded through the European Commission's Targeted Socio-economic Research (TSER) Programme. These projects research various aspects of employment and unemployment in the EU and commenced between 1996 and 2001. The research undertaken within these projects covers a number of issues related to national and EU-level policymaking in the context of the re-launched Lisbon Strategy and the new Social Agenda. The aim of this Report is to identify the main scientific findings of these projects, explore the degree of consistency of the findings related to the key policy issues, their implications for the development of current national and EU policies and provide recommendations for future research directions. This Report is targeted at policymakers at the national and European level, including the social partners.
The review of the twenty-nine projects is presented in seven clusters. The first of these consists of three projects that examine the macroeconomic level determinants of employment and unemployment in Europe: an issue which the disappointing performance of Euroland economies has made increasingly important. The second cluster addresses aspects of the international mobility of the European labour force: an area which has been become prominent in discussions regarding the ageing of the European workforce and debates concerning the economic effects of the recent and forthcoming enlargements of the EU. The third cluster concentrates upon an issue central to the Lisbon Strategy: the nature and consequences of the increasing importance of the knowledge-based economy. The fourth cluster of projects covers a related issue: the changing nature of employment in Europe, especially different aspects of increasing flexibility, and its implications for the level, type and quality of employment in Europe.

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