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Coping with change: International differences in the returns to skills

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  • Hanushek, Eric A.
  • Schwerdt, Guido
  • Wiederhold, Simon
  • Wößmann, Ludger

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International data from the PIAAC survey allow estimation of comparable labor-market returns to skills for 32 countries. Returns to skills are larger in faster growing economies, consistent with the hypothesis that skills are particularly important for adaptation to economic change.

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  • Hanushek, Eric A. & Schwerdt, Guido & Wiederhold, Simon & Wößmann, Ludger, 2017. "Coping with change: International differences in the returns to skills," Munich Reprints in Economics 49901, University of Munich, Department of Economics.
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    1. Monika Köppl-turyna & Michael Christl, 2018. "Returns to Skills or Returns to Tasks? A Comment on Hanushek et al. (2015)," Economics Bulletin, AccessEcon, vol. 38(2), pages 783-790.
    2. Eric Hanushek, 2019. "Addressing Cross-National Generalizability in Educational Impact Evaluation," Working Papers 2019-007, Human Capital and Economic Opportunity Working Group.
    3. Hanushek, Eric A. & Schwerdt, Guido & Wiederhold, Simon & Woessmann, Ludger, 2017. "Coping with change: International differences in the returns to skills," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 153(C), pages 15-19.
    4. Sylvie Démurger & Eric A. Hanushek & Lei Zhang, 2019. "Employer Learning and the Dynamics of Returns to Universities: Evidence from Chinese Elite Education during University Expansion," NBER Working Papers 25955, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
    5. Eric A. Hanushek & Paul E. Peterson & Laura M. Talpey & Ludger Woessmann, 2019. "The Unwavering SES Achievement Gap: Trends in U.S. Student Performance," NBER Working Papers 25648, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
    6. Piopiunik, Marc & Schwerdt, Guido & Simon, Lisa & Woessmann, Ludger, 2018. "Skills, Signals, and Employability: An Experimental Investigation," Rationality and Competition Discussion Paper Series 63, CRC TRR 190 Rationality and Competition.
    7. Daniel D. Schnitzlein, 2019. "The relationship between trust, cognitive skills, and democracy - Evidence from 30 countries around the world," Economics Bulletin, AccessEcon, vol. 39(1), pages 200-206.
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    9. Eric Hanushek, 2017. "For long-term economic development, only skills matter," IZA World of Labor, Institute of Labor Economics (IZA), pages 343-343, March.
    10. Pankaj C. Patel & Yoav Ganzach, 2019. "Returns to balance in cognitive skills for the self-employed: evidence from 18 countries," Small Business Economics, Springer, vol. 52(1), pages 89-109, January.
    11. Eric A. Hanushek, 2017. "Education and the Growth-Equity Trade-Off," NBER Chapters, in: Education, Skills, and Technical Change: Implications for Future U.S. GDP Growth, pages 293-312, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.

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    JEL classification:

    • J31 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs - - - Wage Level and Structure; Wage Differentials
    • I20 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - General
    • O15 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Economic Development: Human Resources; Human Development; Income Distribution; Migration

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