Working Papers


  • 27-May-2015

    English

    Recent trends in productivity in China – shift-share analysis of labour productivity growth and the evolution of the productivity gap

    This paper first decomposes labour productivity growth over 2000-11 into a within-industry, a shift and a cross effect in a number of countries and compares China with other countries over this period. This shift-share analysis also allows a comparison of within-sector productivity gains across a large number of sectors and countries.

  • 27-May-2015

    English

    Assessing China's skills gap and inequalities in education

    This paper aims at gauging the skills and knowledge gap of tertiary graduates of universities and vocational colleges across China. It also looks at the employment and wage prospects of graduates with different educational backgrounds.

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  • 27-May-2015

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    Providing the right skills to all in China – from "made in China" to "created in China"

    China has made impressive strides in education in recent decades, even though the accumulation of human capital has lagged behind that of physical capital. Going forward, access to and quality of education will be key to sustain economic convergence with the most advanced economies and to offset the drag exerted by population ageing.

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  • 27-May-2015

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    Agricultural reforms and bridging the gap for rural China

    Urbanisation will continue in China, with the government planning to grant urban residential status to an additional 100 million rural workers by 2020. For those who remain in rural areas, improved social welfare systems and investment in health services are critical.

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  • 30-April-2015

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    Skill mismatch and public policy in OECD countries

    This paper explores the relationship between skill mismatch and public policies using micro data for 22 OECD countries from the recent OECD Survey of Adult Skills (PIAAC).

  • 30-April-2015

    English

    Labour market mismatch and labour productivity: evidence from PIAAC data

    This paper explores the link between skill and qualification mismatch and labour productivity using cross-country industry data for 19 OECD countries.

  • 30-April-2015

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    Spurring growth in lagging regions in the Slovak Republic

    Regional inequality in Slovakia is among the highest in the OECD and is increasing. The main reason for regional disparity is the combination of low economic growth and job creation in the eastern and central part of the country and insufficient labour mobility to the west, in particular by low-skilled workers.

  • 29-April-2015

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    Determinants of the low female labour force participation in India

    The low and declining female labour force participation rate in India despite strong growth over the past decade is puzzling and stands out among emerging markets. At the same time greater economic participation of women can be a source of inclusive growth, and wellbeing.

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  • 21-April-2015

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    Strengthening skill use and school-to-work transitions in the Czech Republic

    The education system has reacted slowly to changes in labour market needs, leading to an increasing number of school leavers without sufficient qualification. In addition, declining PISA scores and a rising share of low achievers are raising concerns about the quality of the future labour force.

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  • 8-April-2015

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    Sharing the fruits of growth with all Mexicans

    The government has introduced major structural reforms to fight poverty, improve the quality of education, create more jobs in the formal sector and move towards a universal social security system. This is a substantial accomplishment. However, Mexico needs to build a more inclusive state.

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