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The Connection between Literacy and Work: Implications for Social Assistance Recipients


  • Kapsalis, Constantine


This study is based on the International Adult Literacy Survey (IALS) data. The study finds that there is a virtuous cycle between literacy and work: Literacy is important for employability, but employment is also important in maintaining literacy. Absence from the work place has a negative effect on literacy. There is tentative evidence that encouraging employment will have long-term employability benefits through the improvement of skills. In other words, encouraging work among SARs may improve their employability not only because of the gain in work experience and improvement of work habits, but also because of a positive effect on their literacy.

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  • Kapsalis, Constantine, 1998. "The Connection between Literacy and Work: Implications for Social Assistance Recipients," MPRA Paper 25737, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  • Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:25737

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    1. Vicky Barham & Maurice Marchand & Pierre Pestieau, 1991. "Education and Poverty Trap," Working Papers 830, Queen's University, Department of Economics.
    2. Kapsalis, Constantine, 1997. "Employee Training: An International Perspective," MPRA Paper 25754, University Library of Munich, Germany.
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    1. Sherri Torjman, 2000. "Integrating the Unemployed Through Customized Training," Canadian Public Policy, University of Toronto Press, vol. 26(s1), pages 221-233, July.
    2. Kapsalis, Constantine & Tourigny, Pierre, 2002. "Profiles and Transitions of Groups at Risk of Social Exclusion: Lone Parents," MPRA Paper 25751, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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    literacy; welfare; socail assistance;

    JEL classification:

    • I3 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty


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