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Measuring Low Skills in Europe: How Useful Is the ISCED Framework?

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  • Steedman, Hilary
  • McIntosh, Steven

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This paper aims to find a suitable definition of a low skilled worker, that can be applied in a consistent way across the various countries of the European Union. The International Standard Classification of Education (ISCED) is identified as the most suitable means of measuring skills over time and space, as those individuals categorised as less than ISCED 3 are labelled "low-skilled". The paper then uses three international surveys of educational performance to justify this choice. It is shown that those in the Copyright 2001 by Oxford University Press.

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Article provided by Oxford University Press in its journal Oxford Economic Papers.

Volume (Year): 53 (2001)
Issue (Month): 3 (July)
Pages: 564-81

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Handle: RePEc:oup:oxecpp:v:53:y:2001:i:3:p:564-81

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  1. Fouarge Didier & Schils Trudie & Grip Andries de, 2010. "Why do low-educated workers invest less in further training?," ROA Research Memorandum 010, Maastricht University, Research Centre for Education and the Labour Market (ROA).
  2. Kitty Stewart, 2002. "Measuring Well-Being and Exclusion in Europes Regions," CASE Papers case53, Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion, LSE.
  3. Hilary Steedman & Sheila Stoney, 2004. "Disengagement 14-16: Context and Evidence," CEP Discussion Papers dp0654, Centre for Economic Performance, LSE.
  4. Giuseppe Russo, 2011. "Voting over Selective Immigration Policies with Immigration Aversion," CSEF Working Papers 289, Centre for Studies in Economics and Finance (CSEF), University of Naples, Italy.
  5. Hilary Steedman & Sheila Stoney, 2004. "Disengagement 14-16: context and evidence," LSE Research Online Documents on Economics 19935, London School of Economics and Political Science, LSE Library.
  6. Grip,Andries,de & Wolbers,Maarten H.J., 2003. "Do Low-Skilled Youngsters get Better Jobs in Countries where Internal Labour Markets Dominate?," ROA Research Memorandum 008, Maastricht University, Research Centre for Education and the Labour Market (ROA).
  7. Kitty Stewart, 2002. "Measuring well-being and exclusion in Europe's regions," LSE Research Online Documents on Economics 6395, London School of Economics and Political Science, LSE Library.
  8. Cormac Ó Gráda, 2002. "Is the Celtic Tiger a Paper Tiger?," Working Papers 200202, School Of Economics, University College Dublin.
  9. John Jerrim, 2012. "The Socio‐Economic Gradient in Teenagers' Reading Skills: How Does England Compare with Other Countries?," Fiscal Studies, Institute for Fiscal Studies, vol. 33(2), pages 159-184, 06.

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