Call for papers

15. Trends and dilemmas in the Nordic Labour Markets

Coordinator(s): Cathrine Egeland and Ida Drange (Oslo Metropolitan University, Norway)

The Nordic Labour Markets display similar characteristics with regard to high female employment rates and part time employment, gender segregated labour markets and a large public service sector. The Nordic countries also face demographic changes towards a growing elderly population not in employment, but dependent on welfare income. Globalization of labour and capital, technological development and innovation all impact the Nordic labour markets, at the same time as the regulation and co-ordination in Nordic economies and labour markets, with centralized wage bargaining, employee protection legislation and organized labour on both the employer- employee side have implications for how these trends impact in the Nordic context. Furthermore, the education level and competence requirements are high, at the same time as the Nordic countries face challenges with regard to inclusion of individuals with low or no formal qualifications.

This session welcomes papers that address specific trends and challenges in the Nordic labour markets, and how it affects changes in work and labour markets with regard to qualifications, health, occupations, innovation, economy, identity, social inequality, work place organization and culture and more.