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Reforms for more and better quality jobs in Spain

Yosuke Jin, Aida Caldera Sánchez and Pilar Garcia Perea
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Yosuke Jin: OECD
Aida Caldera Sánchez: OECD
Pilar Garcia Perea: OECD

No 1386, OECD Economics Department Working Papers from OECD Publishing

Abstract: The Spanish economy is growing strongly, but there is a risk that many people are being left behind. Unemployment, especially among young people and the low-skilled, remains very high. About half of all the unemployed have been unemployed for over a year and one third for more than two years. A quarter of all those who are employed are on temporary jobs. Since the global economic crisis, poverty and inequality have increased. An immediate priority is to ensure adequate income support for those most in need. Getting more people into better jobs is crucial to raise living standards and to reduce poverty. In terms of structural policies, this requires continuing to improve activation policies, such as training and job placement, re-skilling and up-skilling the unemployed, preventing youth from leaving the education system under-qualified and better on-the-job-training. More can be done to foster the creation of better quality jobs by reducing barriers to hiring and addressing labour market duality.

Keywords: education and skills; income inequality; Job quality; labour market reform; poverty; social benefits (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: E24 I20 I30 J30 J60 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2017-05-30
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