Estimating the determinants of supply of computing, problem-solving, communication, social, and teamworking skills

Green, Francis and Ashton, David and Felstead, Alan (2001) Estimating the determinants of supply of computing, problem-solving, communication, social, and teamworking skills. Oxford Economic Papers, 53 (3). pp. 406-433. ISSN 0030-7653. (The full text of this publication is not available from this repository)

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Abstract

We investigate the sources of supply of several core skills, using an innovative approach to skills measurement that involves adapting a job analysis methodology and applying it in a survey context. We then estimate the determinants of skills supply using a production function model. The main findings are: (i) prior education and work experience have generally positive but diminishing marginal impacts on skills, consistent with the earnings function literature; (ii) off-the-job training is productive of most types of skill, while on-the-job training is effective for the generation of problem-solving and team-working skills. Both types of training are transferable from previous employers; (iii) more education enhances the development of computing skills at work, but with respect to other core skills, less educated workers make up for their lower education through more work-based learning; (iv) there is a strong association between the presence of some new or flexible organisation characteristics and both the level and growth of all types of skills. We argue overall that the contribution of work-based learning to skills development is more important than normally allowed for in the skills policy discourse.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Economics
Depositing User: G.F. Green
Date Deposited: 30 Aug 2008 12:50
Last Modified: 13 Jun 2014 15:43
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/4868 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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