More documents from Heisig, Jan Paul; Solga, Heike

Export to your Reference Manger

Please Copy & Paste



Bookmark and Share

Skills inequalities in 21 countries: PIAAC results for prime-age adults

[working paper]

Heisig, Jan Paul; Solga, Heike

fulltextDownloadDownload full text

(external source)

Citation Suggestion

Please use the following Persistent Identifier (PID) to cite this document:

Further Details
Corporate Editor Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung gGmbH
Abstract Only few previous studies have explored cross-national variation in the relationship between educational certificates and competences. In this paper, we investigate the certificate-competence relationship, operationalized as skills gaps by level of educational attainment. More importantly, we scrutinize how two aspects of educational stratification processes, vertical stratification and occupation-specificity, affects skills gaps. Using data on 25-54 year olds from the 2011/12 round of the Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC), we find that more occupation-specific education systems produce smaller differences in basic general skills between adults with low and intermediate levels of education. Higher levels of vertical stratification, by contrast, result in larger low-intermediate skills gaps. None of the two stratification aspects can however explain variations in the skills gaps between intermediate and high educated adults. We conclude by discussing the implications of our findings for labor market research.
Keywords general education; competence; problem solving; level of education attained; level of education; level of qualification; reading; arithmetic; adult; international comparison
Classification Macroanalysis of the Education System, Economics of Education, Educational Policy; Basic Research, General Concepts and History of Education and Pedagogics
Document language English
Publication Year 2014
City Berlin
Page/Pages 35 p.
Series Discussion Papers / Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung, Forschungsschwerpunkt Bildung, Arbeit und Lebenschancen, Abteilung Ausbildung und Arbeitsmarkt, SP I 2014-503
Status Published Version; reviewed
Licence Deposit Licence - No Redistribution, No Modifications