The OECD Employment Outlook is OECD's annual assessment of labour market developments and prospects in its member countries. After presenting an overview of developments and prospects, this 2004 edition examines aspects of working time including scheduling and family arrangements; employment protection regulations' effects on labour market performance, wage-setting institutions and outcomes, the effects of training on aggregate employment and job prospects, and transitioning from informal employment to a salaried economy. An extensive statistical annex is included.
- 07 July 2004
Improving Skills for More and Better Jobs
Does Training Make a Difference?
It is often claimed that upgrading workers’ skills could help meet the challenges of technological and structural change, as well as population ageing. Policies to enhance skills could thus be an important part of the OECD Jobs Strategy. Still, little is known about the labour market impact of adult learning. Do policies that enhance workers’ skills help improve the overall employment situation? To what extent do workers who receive training enjoy better job prospects to the detriment of their non-trained counterparts? Are the effects of training different across demographic groups and what do empirical findings suggest as regards lifelong learning strategies?