The effects of learning on economic and social well being: A comparative analysis
2001 (English)In: Peabody journal of education, ISSN 0161-956X, Vol. 76, no 3/4, 222-246 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Drawing on the changing view and attitude toward the concept of human capital in recent years, this article empirically investigates the broad effects of learning. Using the structural model presented in Desjardins (in press), hypotheses are comparatively examined using the International Adult Literacy Survey data for Canada, Denmark, The Netherlands, Norway, the United Kingdom, and the United States. The model acknowledges all potential sources of knowledge and skills relevant to economic as well as social well being by constructing indicators spanning the entire spectrum of life-wide learning. Moreover, learning undertaken for job-related reasons and personal interest reasons are examined separately to identify heterogeneity in the effects of learning for different reasons. The model is constructed on the premise that initial schooling has profound effects on adults' readiness to learn in their productive years and that this is the mechanism that will affect their well-being. Only the adult populations aged 25 to 55 are considered, in which initial schooling is taken as a stock measure of initial formal learning that has already occurred. The extent of how the stock of initial formal learning affects the flow of subsequent learning and in turn the flow of well-being is examined.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2001. Vol. 76, no 3/4, 222-246 p.
learning, economics, social history
Research subject International Education
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-23202OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-23202DiVA: diva2:190628
Part of urn:nbn:se:su:diva-1832004-05-132004-05-132010-01-04Bibliographically approved