Qualifications, Skills, and Workforce Effectiveness: The Relevance of the OECD’s Survey of Adult Skills to Asia

  • William Thorn
  • Andreas Schleicher
Part of the Technical and Vocational Education and Training: Issues, Concerns and Prospects book series (TVET, volume 19)


The OECD Survey of Adult Skills combines a direct assessment of key cognitive skills with the collection of information on the use of cognitive skills and other generic skills in the workplace (and other contexts) and information concerning the factors associated with the development, maintenance and loss of skills as well as the information on the outcomes of these skills. Results from the first round of the assessment which involved 24 countries will be released in October 2013. This chapter provides an overview of the main features of survey and describes how the data from the survey is relevant to education and training and labour market policy in the countries of the Asia-Pacific region.


Labour Market Cognitive Skill Generic Skill Information Processing Task Skill Mismatch 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • William Thorn
    • 1
  • Andreas Schleicher
    • 1
  1. 1.Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)ParisFrance

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