Giving young people the skills and tools to find a job is not only good for their own prospects and self-esteem, it is also good for economic growth, social cohesion and widespread well-being. That’s why investing in youth must be a policy priority the world over. This page provides an overview of OECD work on the topic of youth.
In 1973, Martin Cooper, a researcher at Motorola, made the first call from a handheld mobile phone prototype. This phone weighed 1.1 kg, took 10 hours to re-charge and was limited to 30 minutes of talking time. When it was commercialized in 1983, the phone cost approximately 7,000 USD.
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PISA 2012 financial literacy results focusing on the performance of Spain amongst 17 other countries and economies who participated in the assessment: Australia, Belgium (Flemish Community), Shanghai-China, Colombia, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Israel, Italy, Latvia, New Zealand, Poland, Russia, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, and the United States
PISA Data Visualisation Contest
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Skills are critically important for the economic performance of countries. Greater proficiency in key skills among workers drive productivity and participation in the labour force, thus leading to increased growth and prosperity. In turn, higher economic output provides individuals, companies and the state with the resources to improve the opportunities for acquiring and developing skills.
Jobs, wealth and individual well-being depend on what people can do with what they know. There is no shortcut to equipping people with the right skills and to providing them with opportunities to use their skills effectively. If there’s one lesson the global economy has taught us, it is that governments cannot simply spend their way out of a crisis.
This OECD Skills Strategy Spotlight sets out how the tax code affects skills development decisions, individuals’ and companies' skills decisions.
Much of the media coverage around PISA focused on the strong performance of Asia’s students, leaving many to wonder why other countries failed to score as high.
Asian economies top OECD's latest PISA survey of global education, underscoring the key role of hard work and quality teaching.
This blog post introduces a new report on the state of adult skills in the United States, "Time for the U.S. to Reskill: What the Survey of Adult Skills Says".