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Skills

Lane Kenworthy

in Jobs with Equality

Published in print July 2008 | ISBN: 9780199550593
Published online September 2008 | e-ISBN: 9780191720727 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199550593.003.0009
Skills

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Educational attainment is a good predictor of individuals' employment and earnings. In the standard view, this is because education is a useful measure of skills, which in turn are a key determinant of a person's productivity. In theory, equalizing skills could therefore lead to both high employment and a relatively equal distribution of earnings. This chapter assesses this supposition, drawing on both individual- and country-level data.

Keywords: educational attainment; employment; earnings; productivity

Chapter.  4425 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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