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Are Skills the Answer?The Political Economy of Skill Creation in Advanced Industrial Countries$
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Colin Crouch, David Finegold, and Mari Sako

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9780198294382

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198294382.001.0001

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Skill and Changing Patterns of Trade

Skill and Changing Patterns of Trade

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Are Skills the Answer?

Colin Crouch

David Finegold

Mari Sako

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the available data on the existing stock and flow of skills available to economies. It presents a detailed comparison of the quality of skills, and the relationship between skills and economic performance in different countries. This chapter also discusses different approaches in understanding the relative skill positions of different countries. One approach is to review the state of research based on detailed comparisons of skill levels and occupations in specific industries. It takes the form of case studies, usually comparing pairs or slightly larger numbers of countries. This makes it possible to achieve finer detail and accuracy. This chapter also examines changes in trade and skill patterns and the different levels of involvement of various countries in international trade.

Keywords:   skills, economic performance, case studies, trade, skill patterns, international trade

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