What does age have to do with skills proficiency?

The Survey of Adult Skills finds that adults aged 55 to 65 are less proficient in literacy and numeracy than adults aged 25 to 34. Adults tend to lose their information-processing skills as they age, especially if they do not use them. While older adults may compensate for this loss by developing other valuable skills, the importance of being proficient in information-processing skills in determining wages and employment does not diminish as workers age. But differences in skills proficiency that are related to age vary widely across countries, implying that skills policies can affect the evol... Show more

Corporate authors: Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

Published: Paris, France, OECD, 2016

Resource type: Report, paper or authored book

Physical description: 4 p.

Access item: http://dx.doi.org/10.1787/5jm0mq158zjl-en

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