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The Impact of Skill Mismatch on AggregateProductivity:cross-country analysis in OECD economies
KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Industrial Economics and Management (Dept.), Entrepreneurship and innovation.
2016 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The present study explores the relationship between skill mismatch in twomain categories, numeracy and literacy, and aggregate productivity as derivedfrom a decomposition of productivity into within-rm productivityand allocative eciency. Skill mismatch is considered a rather persistentphenomenon with long lasting eects in various aspects. In the analysiscovered, OECD Survey of Adult Skills (PIAAC) database was employed forthe aggregated indicators of skill mismatch while productivity was measuredusing ORBIS commercial database. The key ndings reveal a strong andnegative relationship between skill mismatch in numeracy and productivity,which stems from a negative relationship between the same category and thewithin-rm labor productivity. Under-skilling in numeracy exhibits a negativeeect on productivity while over-skilling seems not to be related in thecurrent specication. Based on the relationship between competition andproductivity, market power is used to control for the competition in dierentsectors. The results suggest that higher market share translates to higherproductivity and the relationship is statistically signicant.

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2016. , 64 p.
Keyword [en]
skill mismatch, aggregate productivity, PIAAC, ORBIS, allocative eciency
National Category
Economics and Business
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-189561OAI: diva2:946878
Available from: 2016-07-11 Created: 2016-07-06 Last updated: 2016-07-11Bibliographically approved

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