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About AER

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 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 fulfills its tasks primarily through the publication of labour market reports. The first report – Inför avtalsrörelsen 2016 – was published in December 2015.

The second report –Dags för större lönespridning? – was published in February 2016 and 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 can be accessed here. 1452787178_pdfs

The third report – Tudelningarna på arbetsmarknaden – was published in February 2017 and an extended english summary will be available shortly.

The Council has also published a background report by Professor Michael C. Burda on the German labour market miracle in english. Download the background report here. 1452787178_pdfs

The Council is chaired by Professor Lars Calmfors, Stockholm University and the Research Institute of Industrial Economics (IFN). The other members are Professor Ann-Sofie Kolm, Stockholm University, Tuomas Pekkarinen, VATT and the Aalto University, Helsinki, and Per Skedinger,  the Research Institute of Industrial Economics (IFN) and Linnaeus University.

You can contact the Council here.


Presentations in English


Comments on the study “Invandring och arbetsmarknaden för infödda – erfarenheter från Danmark” (Immigration and the labor market for native-born – experiences from Denmark)

Organiser: Centre for Business and Policy Studies
Stockholm, 31 januari 2017
Lars Calmfors 
Slides: 1452787236_powerpoint How does refugee immigration affect low-skilled in the labor market?


Conference– Non-standard employment

Organiser: Centraal Planbureau
Haag, Nederländerna, 18 november 2016
Per Skedinger
Slides: 1452787236_powerpoint Non-standard employment in Sweden


Lecture on minimum wages

Organiser: Linnaeus University
Växjö, 18 oktober 2016
Per Skedinger
Slides: 1452787236_powerpoint Minimum wages


Conference- The Minimum Wage: Old and New Issues

Organiser: France Stratégie
Paris, 2 september 2016
Per Skedinger
Slides: 1452787236_powerpoint The Right Tool to Reduce Inequalities? A Swedish Perspective


AER seminar: what can we learn from the German labor market miracle?

Organiser:The Swedish Labour Policy Council
Stockholm, 21 april 2016
Slides: <1452787236_powerpoint Michael C. Burda

Lectures on minimum wages

Organiser: Stockholm University
Spring 2016
Ann-Sofie Kolm
Slides: 1452787178_pdfs Minimum wages 1  1452787236_powerpoint Minimum wages 2


Annual Meeting of the Finnish Economic Association

Organiser: Finnish Economic Association
Björneborg, 5 februari 2016
Per Skedinger
Slides: 1452787236_powerpoint Labour Markets in Finland and Sweden – A Swedish Perspective