Imperfections in the market for skilled workers


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Author: Gomez, Rafael; Gunderson, Morley

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Human Resources and Social Development Canada (HRSDC); Industry Canada (IC); Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Initiative on the New Economy (SSHRC-INE)


The paper identifies and suggests policies to deal with the barriers and market imperfections that can inhibit skill development. Such skill development is crucial to take advantage of the new opportunities and to convert challenges into opportunities so as to foster productivity, innovation and competitiveness in the new world of work. The paper deals with barriers and imperfections that inhibit both the development or production of the appropriate skills and human capital formation at all levels of the skill distribution (including the less skilled), as well as the effective...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Policy; Migration; Participation; Skills and knowledge; Employment; Labour market; Teaching and learning

Keywords: Immigration; Skill development; Barrier; Human capital; Skilled worker; Labour mobility; Training

Geographic subjects: North America; Canada

Published: Ottawa, Ontario: Industry Canada, 2006

Physical description: 49 p.

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Statement of responsibility: By Rafael Gomez and Morley Gunderson

At head of title: Skills Research Initiative = Initiative de recherche sur les competences

Resource type: Government report or paper

Document number: TD/TNC 89.630

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