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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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  • Steedman, Hilary & McIntosh, Steven, 2001. "Measuring Low Skills in Europe: How Useful Is the ISCED Framework?," Oxford Economic Papers, Oxford University Press, vol. 53(3), pages 564-581, July.
  • Handle: RePEc:oup:oxecpp:v:53:y:2001:i:3:p:564-81
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    1. Didier Fouarge & Trudie Schils & Andries de Grip, 2013. "Why do low-educated workers invest less in further training?," Applied Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 45(18), pages 2587-2601, June.
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    3. John Jerrim, 2014. "The link between family background and later lifetime income: how does the UK compare to other countries?," DoQSS Working Papers 14-02, Department of Quantitative Social Science - UCL Institute of Education, University College London.
    4. 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).
    5. Cormac Ó Gráda, 2002. "Is the celtic tiger a paper tiger?," Working Papers 200202, School of Economics, University College Dublin.
    6. Steedman, Hilary & Stoney, Sheila, 2004. "Disengagement 14-16: context and evidence," LSE Research Online Documents on Economics 19935, London School of Economics and Political Science, LSE Library.
    7. Giuseppe Russo, 2011. "Voting over selective immigration policies with immigration aversion," Economics of Governance, Springer, vol. 12(4), pages 325-351, December.
    8. Stewart, Kitty, 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.
    9. Cecilia Albert & José García Clavel, 2014. "Análisis de las diferentes dimensiones de las competencias en el trabajo," Investigaciones de Economía de la Educación volume 9,in: Adela García Aracil & Isabel Neira Gómez (ed.), Investigaciones de Economía de la Educación 9, edition 1, volume 9, chapter 38, pages 731-745 Asociación de Economía de la Educación.
    10. Kitty Stewart, 2002. "Measuring Well-Being and Exclusion in Europes Regions," CASE Papers case53, Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion, LSE.
    11. Hilary Steedman & Sheila Stoney, 2004. "Disengagement 14-16: Context and Evidence," CEP Discussion Papers dp0654, Centre for Economic Performance, LSE.
    12. 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, June.
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