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ROA workshop - Call for papers

Workshop on Older Workers’ Skills and Labour Market Behaviour - 22 & 23 November 2019

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In the past decades, many industrialized countries have initiated major pension reforms to ensure the long-term financial viability of existing pension systems and to stimulate the labour market participation of older workers. However, recent debates in academia and policy circles question the extent to which all older workers will be able to extend their working life. Potential threats include workers’ ability to cope with physical and psychological demands in their job, the changing demand for skills due to ongoing technological change, the willingness of employers and employees to invest in human capital to cope with such changes, skills obsolescence and health changes, and age discrimination. From a scientific and policy perspective, it is important to better understand the potential threats towards continued employability and to identify what it takes to maintain employability at older ages.


The Maastricht University Research Centre for Education and the Labour Market (ROA) organises a workshop on the topic of ‘Older Workers’ Skills and Labour Market Behaviour’. We invite you to present a paper that addresses one of the following themes:

  • Changes in skills and tasks and how it affects older workers employability and productivity.
  • Mismatch between skill supply and demand of older workers.
  • Older workers’ skills, productivity and retirement behaviour.
  • Changing demand for skills, workplace training and lifelong learning.
  • Health impairments and investments, and implications for employability and retirement.
  • Age discrimination in the labour market.

Invited lectures

Prof.dr. Giorgio Brunello (University of Padova), Prof.dr. Marike Knoef (Leiden University & Netspar) & Prof.dr. David Neumark (University of California, Irvine)

Submission deadline: July 1, 2019

Please send your paper or extended abstract to Miranda Boere (m.boere@maastrichtuniversity.nl) before July 1, mentioning ‘Workshop on Older Workers’ Skills and Labour Market Behaviour’ on the subject line.


We aim at a maximum of 50 participants. Participation is free of charge. Travel and accommodation costs will not be covered.

Dates and venue

22 & 23 November, 2019. Bonnefantenmuseum (http://www.bonnefanten.nl/en/), Maastricht, The Netherlands.

Organising committee

Didier Fouarge & Raymond Montizaan (ROA, Maastricht University).

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