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Education and the Labor Market

Pawel Polawski

in Growing Gaps

Published in print November 2010 | ISBN: 9780199732180
Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199866182 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199732180.003.0011
Education and the Labor Market

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This chapter begins with a description of changes in Poland's educational system during the past decade. It then discusses the impact of these reforms on workers' skills, as well as on the role of educational credentials in the labor market. It shows that the Polish educational system has been redesigned to provide easy access and a general education, rather than those skills that are genuinely valuable in the labor market. The fact that education must be related to labor-market demand has been overlooked. Skills mismatch has been an unintentional side effect of the reforms, producing a structural strain: available jobs do not meet the aspirations of young people who were encouraged by education.

Keywords: Poland; educational attainment; educational system; labor markert; skills mismatch

Chapter.  7177 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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