Getting Skills Right: Chile

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This study analyses the relationship between skills and labour market outcomes in Chile with a specific focus on disadvantaged groups: youth, women and the low-skilled. It examines the proficiency of the Chilean population in literacy, numeracy and problem solving in a technological-rich environment and disentangles the relationship between proficiency and labour market outcomes in Chile. The study also devotes significant attention to the demand for skills, by describing the use of skills at work in Chile and identifying its key determinants, as well as assessing the extent of skills mismatch and its implications for individuals. Throughout the study, differences between sociodemographic groups are highlighted to investigate the roots of labour market disadvantage.



Skills use at work, skills mismatch and why they matter in Chile

Having a large pool of highly proficient workers does not guarantee that their skills are optimally used in the workplace. The extent to which skills are used at work matters for individuals and for countries and poor skills use can lead to job mismatch – the misalignment between workers’ qualifications and skills and those required by their job. This chapter describes the use of skills at work in Chile, the determinants of this use, the level of skills mismatch, and why it matters.


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