Functional literacy, educational attainment and earnings : evidence from the international adult literacy survey

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Title: Functional literacy, educational attainment and earnings : evidence from the international adult literacy survey
Authors: Denny, Kevin
Harmon, Colm
Redmond, Sandra
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Date: Apr-2000
Abstract: In this paper a rich and innovative dataset, the International Adult Literacy Survey, is used to examine the impact of functional literacy on earnings. The IALS surveys 12 OECD countries and sub-regions via a consistent questionnaire and includes a number of tests of numeracy and literacy, as well as basic labour market information. This paper examines the effect of these skills on labour market earnings for the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland, and for Great Britain. The estimates suggest that while ability has a role in determining earnings the dominant factor remains formal education. It is shown that, particularly for Great Britain, there is a positive interaction between the test score and education in determining earnings.
Funding Details: University College Dublin. Faculty of Commerce Research Award; Department of Education and Science (Ireland); European Commission, TSER programme
Type of material: Working Paper
Publisher: Institute for Fiscal Studies
Series/Report no.: IFS Working Papers; W00/09
Copyright (published version): 2000, The Institute for Fiscal Studies
Subject LCSH: Literacy
Wages--Effect of education on
DOI: 10.1920/wp.ifs.2000.0009
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Language: en
Status of Item: Not peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:Geary Institute Research Collection
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