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The Norwegian Unemployment - Disability Paradox

27. June 2018

Tove Midtsundstad has written a chapter in the book  "Employment Biographies and Social Protection in Europe", Springer-Verlag. Her question is what may have caused the special mix of low unemployment rates and high disability rates among older workers in Norway. 

Services to vulnerable children and young people

25. June 2018

This is the first interim report from the Nordic collaboration on improved services to vulnerable children and young people between 0 and 24 years, with cases from all the countries. The aim is to improve services by means of improving cross-sectoral collaboration. From Fafo the authors are Inger Lise Skog Hansen Ragnhild Steen Jensen og Anne Hege Strand. This first report provides an overview of the design of the evaluation and a structural description of the national cases.

New book on vocational education in the Nordic countries

21. June 2018

Anna Hagen Tønder from Fafo is co-author on two chapters in a new book from Routledge. The title is  "Vocational Education in the Nordic Countries. Learning from Diversity". Vocational education in Europe has resisted standardisation to a higher degree than other fields of education, and during the last decade, there has been a growth in international, comparative VET research.

Networking, lobbying and bargaining for pensions

20. June 2018

Norway reformed its pension system in 2011. In this article, 'Networking, lobbying and bargaining for pensions: trade union power in the Norwegian pension reform', Jon M. Hippe from Fafo and Anne Skevik Grødem look at LO (the Trade Union Confederation) involvement in the process at different stages. It is published in Journal of Public Policy.

Sharing economy in a labour perspective

19. June 2018

In this article, Kristin Alsos, Kristin Jesnes and Beate Sletvold Øistad, explore the sharing economy in Norway in a labour perspective. They find that work intermediated through platforms still is a marginal phenomenon in the Norwegian labour market. While several studies suggest that the platform economy will grow, we argue that traditional companies will adopt platform-based solutions, both the digital solutions and the employment relations.

The role of assistant in kindergartens

19. June 2018

In this report, Mona Bråten and Bård Jordfald, elucidate the role of assistants in kindergartens. The question posed concern how the kindergarten sector and the role of assistants have evolved from 2003 and up to the present day.We discuss how managers, colleagues and the assistants themselves view the position of assistant in light of political guidelines on quality and competence in kindergartens in the future.

Common effort for employment

18. June 2018

As part of the Governement's strategy for more employments, Fafo's Jon Rogstad will speak at a conference that is marking the start for the new common effort to create a more including work life. He will talk about recent research on how employers judge jobseekers during the job-interviews.

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