Erling Rasmussen - A Danish Fairy Tale? How a high wage, high skill and productive economy works

This is a presentation reflecting on the international interest in Denmark, with a special attention to economic and labour market developments. It illustrates how Danish design, art, film and the famous concept of ‘hygge’ have caught the attention of the international media and trend spotters.


Likewise, the prominent scores in many economic, social and well-being statistics have increased international interest in unlocking the ‘secrets’ of this apparently very successful country. Besides being well placed in international statistics, the Danish economy has had a great run since the late 1970s when it – like New Zealand – was reeling from international contextual changes.


The so-called ‘Danish Model’ has been lauded by international organisations (OECD, EU and ILO) for its dynamic and flexible adjustments towards a knowledge economy. It is also associated with a ‘Danish Model’ of employment relations and this presentation will highlight some of the hallmarks of this employment relations approach. In particular, it will stress the importance of ‘flexicurity’, collaborations between employer associations and unions, employee participation structures and extensive retraining/upskilling measures.


Dr Rasmussen joined AUT as its Professor of Work and Employment in 2007 after a career in academia, the public and private sectors. Erling is the leader of the Employment Relations Research Group with the New Zealand Work Research Institute. From 2009–2011 and 2016-2017 he was Head of the Management Department and on the faculty management team.


He is a graduate of the University of Odense (Denmark) and the European University Institute in Florence and he has worked in a number of OECD countries. In 2013, Erling Rasmussen was awarded a Velux Foundation Visiting Professorship at University of Aalborg, Denmark. This allowed him to develop long-term research projects with Danish colleagues during 2013-14.

May 23rd, 2019 5:45 PM   through   7:00 PM
Old Government Buildings Lecture Theatre 3
55 Lambton Quay
Wellington, WGN 6011
New Zealand

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