Being and Becoming Low-Skilled: A Comprehensive Approach to Studying Low-Skillness

NEUJOBS Working Paper No. 4.3.1

113 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 paper examines whether social capital has an impact on adult learning. We test empirically the effects of various types of social capital according to different prominent sociological theories or other previous findings - using the German Socioeconomic Panel. We address endogeneity issues by using predetermined variables, panel data and instrumental variable methods. Controlling for relevant background variables we find that most of our social capital measures have a significant and positive impact on the probabilities for investing in various types of adult learning. The size of the effect varies across the different measures between increasing the probability of participating in adult learning by 0.04% to increasing the probability by 17%. We find evidence that Granovetter’s (1973) theory of weak and strong ties can be applied to the context of adult learning.

Suggested Citation

Mytna Kurekova, Lucia and Haita, Corina Madalina and Beblavy, Miroslav, Being and Becoming Low-Skilled: A Comprehensive Approach to Studying Low-Skillness (2013). NEUJOBS Working Paper No. 4.3.1. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2402734 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2402734

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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