Conceptualizing Low-Skillness: A New Approach

Sociológia 45, 2013, No. 3

20 Pages Posted: 3 Mar 2014

See all articles by Lucia Mytna Kurekova

Lucia Mytna Kurekova

Slovak Governance Institute; Central European University

Corina Haita

Central European University (CEU)

Miroslav Beblavy

Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS)

Date Written: 2013

Abstract

This study reviews conceptual and empirical literature studying low-skilled and proposes more comprehensive and dynamic conceptualization of low-skillness. Our work is based on analysing the sources of being and of becoming low-skilled by reviewing structural processes underlying changes in labour markets and their varied impact on the individuals of different characteristics. We suggest a broader conceptualization of low-skillness which surpasses the dominant qualification-based approach and measurement of low-skillness by the attained level of education. In addition to the typically included low-educated, our typology includes categories of workers who might be formally well-educated, experienced and trained but have been drawn into low-skillness as an outcome of structural forces or institutional barriers. A broader conceptualization and measurement of low-skillness can better reveal the variety of its causes and in turn allow designing better suited policies for economic and social integration.

Suggested Citation

Mytna Kurekova, Lucia and Haita, Corina Madalina and Beblavy, Miroslav, Conceptualizing Low-Skillness: A New Approach (2013). Sociológia 45, 2013, No. 3. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2402706

Lucia Mytna Kurekova

Slovak Governance Institute ( email )

Gajova 4
Bratislava, 81109
Slovakia

Central European University ( email )

Nador utca 9
Budapest, H-1051
Hungary

Corina Madalina Haita

Central European University (CEU) ( email )

Nador utca 9
Budapest, H-1051
Hungary

Miroslav Beblavy (Contact Author)

Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) ( email )

1 Place du Congres
Brussels, 1000
Belgium

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