OECD Social, Employment and Migration Working Papers

1815-199X (en ligne)
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This series is designed to make available to a wider readership selected labour market, social policy and migration studies prepared for use within the OECD. Authorship is usually collective, but principal writers are named. The papers are generally available only in their original language - English or French - with a summary in the other.

Trends in Job Skill Demands in OECD Countries You or your institution have access to this content

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Michael J. Handel
28 nov 2012
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This report examines skill trends in 24 OECD countries over the past several decades. The skill measures used include broad occupation groups, country-specific direct measures of skill requirements from international surveys, and direct skill measures from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) database applied to both United States and European labour force surveys. Each kind of data has its own strengths and limitations but they tell a consistent story.
skills demand, skill-biased technological change, human capital
Classification JEL:
  • J08: Labor and Demographic Economics / General / Labor Economics Policies
  • J23: Labor and Demographic Economics / Demand and Supply of Labor / Labor Demand
  • J24: Labor and Demographic Economics / Demand and Supply of Labor / Human Capital ; Skills ; Occupational Choice ; Labor Productivity
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