Is education the solution to decent work for youth in developing economies?: identifying qualifications mismatch from 28 school-to-work transition surveys

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Author: Sparreboom, Theo; Staneva, Anita


This report provides up-to-date evidence on the link between labour market outcomes and educational attainment for the population of youth in low- and middle-income countries. Based on the school-to-work transitions surveys (SWTSs) run in 2012-2013, the report summarizes the education profile of youth, identifies patterns of qualifications mismatch measured in over- and undereducation and examines rates of return to education. It concludes that low levels of education, high shares of vulnerable employment and low unemployment rates remain intertwined in a cause-and-effect relationship in...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Employment; Youth; Economics; Outcomes; Skills and knowledge; Qualifications; Policy

Keywords: Youth transitions; Developing economy; Transition from education and training to employment; Return on education and training; Relevance of education and training; Skill needs; Skills mismatch; Unemployment; Educational policy; Attainment

Published: Geneva, Switzerland: ILO, 2014

Physical description: ix, 60 p.

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ISSN: 2309-6780, 2309-6799 (web)

Resource type: Report

Rights: Publications of the International Labour Office enjoy copyright under Protocol 2 of the Universal Copyright Convention. Nevertheless, short excerpts from them may be reproduced without authorization, on condition that the source is indicated.

Call number: TD/TNC 118.1397

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