In our analyses, using data on Dutch tertiary education graduates, we use a direct measure for skills obsolescence based on workers' self-assessment. On average, almost a third of the skills obtained in tertiary education were obsolete seven years later. Skills obsolescence is strongly related to rapid changes in work domain, and to shortcomings in tertiary education. Obsolescence occurs as much in generic as in specific fields of study. It is only weakly related to current skill shortages, and not at all to the prospects for further skill acquisition, wages and investments in additional training.
Jim Allen and Rolf van der Velden (2002). 'When do skills become obsolete, and when does it matter?', in Andries de GripJasper van LooKen Mayhew (ed.) The Economics of Skills Obsolescence (Research in Labor Economics, Volume 21). Emerald Group Publishing Limited, pp. 27-50Download as .RIS
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