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Skills and Inclusive Growth in Sweden


  • Jon Pareliussen


  • Margherita Bussi
  • Christophe André


  • Vincent Koen


A highly skilled workforce is crucial to sustain competitiveness and contain the rise in income inequality. Recent surveys of adult skills and educational performance suggest that younger cohorts are doing less well than their predecessors. Many immigrants struggle both in school and in the labour market partly because of low skills and language difficulties. Educational outcomes could be improved through raising the attractiveness of the teacher profession, improving teacher education and increasing support for struggling students. A more flexible labour market would facilitate access to jobs for youth with low qualifications and immigrants. This Working Paper relates to the 2015 OECD Economic Survey of Sweden Compétences et croissance inclusive en Suède Il est essentiel que la Suède dispose d'une main-d'oeuvre hautement qualifiée pour rester compétitive et limiter la montée des inégalités de revenus. Des enquêtes récentes sur les compétences des adultes et les résultats scolaires laissent à penser que les cohortes jeunes font moins bien que les précédentes. De nombreux immigrés sont en difficulté tant dans le système scolaire que sur le marché du travail, en partie en raison de leur faible niveau de qualification et de leurs difficultés linguistiques. Les résultats du système d'enseignement pourraient être améliorés en rendant plus attractive la profession d'enseignant, en améliorant la formation des enseignants et en renforçant le soutien apporté aux élèves en difficulté. Un marché du travail plus flexible rendrait l’emploi plus accessible aux jeunes peu qualifiés et aux immigrés. Ce Document de travail a trait à l’Étude économique de l’OCDE de la Suède, 2015

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  • Jon Pareliussen & Margherita Bussi & Christophe André & Vincent Koen, 2015. "Skills and Inclusive Growth in Sweden," OECD Economics Department Working Papers 1232, OECD Publishing.
  • Handle: RePEc:oec:ecoaaa:1232-en
    DOI: 10.1787/5js1gmp403q2-en

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    adult skills; compétences des adultes; education; emploi; employment; immigration; immigration; inequality; inégalité; PIAAC; PIAAC; PISA; PISA; éducation;
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    • I21 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Analysis of Education
    • I28 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Government Policy
    • J08 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - General - - - Labor Economics Policies
    • J21 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Labor Force and Employment, Size, and Structure
    • J24 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Human Capital; Skills; Occupational Choice; Labor Productivity
    • J61 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers - - - Geographic Labor Mobility; Immigrant Workers

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