The Swedish Labour Policy Council (AER) was created in 2015 as an independent expert council tasked with analysing the effects of wage setting, active labour market policies and labour law on the Swedish labour market. In addition, the Council shall analyse how the level and structure of wage growth affects the level of employment and, in particular, how wage setting can be used to reduce unemployment in the long run.
The Council fulfils its tasks primarily through the publication of labour market reports. The first report (Inför avtalsrörelsen 2016) was published in December 2015, while the second was published in February 2016. The second report – Dags för större lönespridning? – analysed the effects of minimum wages, wage dispersion and deteriorating skill-levels on the Swedish labour market. An extended version of the report’s summary chapter has now been translated into English.