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Cognitive skills and the youth labour market

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  • Ross Finnie
  • Ronald Meng

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With the use of test score data it is found that literacy, numeracy and education strongly influence the probability of being employed, unemployed, having a wage-paying job and obtaining government transfer payments in addition to incomes, weeks worked and weeks unemployed for a sample of 16 to 24-year-olds.

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  • Ross Finnie & Ronald Meng, 2001. "Cognitive skills and the youth labour market," Applied Economics Letters, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 8(10), pages 675-679.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:apeclt:v:8:y:2001:i:10:p:675-679
    DOI: 10.1080/13504850110037877
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