Korea´s Age-Skill Profile from PIAAC: Features and Puzzles
- Korea´s Age-Skill Profile from PIAAC: Features and Puzzles
- Lee, Ju-Ho
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- Working Paper Series;WP16-01
- This paper estimates Korea’s age‐skill profiles in comparison with other OECD countries such as
Japan, Germany, USA, UK and Finland, using the PIAAC data, the recent skill competence survey of
adult workers from OECD countries. According to this survey, Korean worker’s skill level is slightly
lower than the OECD average among the workers older than mid‐30s. This is puzzling considering
the stellar performance of Korean young students in another international academic competence
test such as PISA. We attempt to feature the age effects on skill formation among OECD countries
during the work life‐cycle sorting out cohort effects by using the PISA data for the youth or by using
the educational achievement and environment data as well as the on‐the‐job learning variables for
the adult workers. We find that the skill levels of Korean workers decline much faster with aging
compare to other comparison countries. Such fall happens particularly during the earlier stage of
work life, which is not observed in other countries. We argue that such age effects on skill
formation for Korea are likely to be related with Korea’s education system and on‐the‐job learning
environments and incentives at work place.
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