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Article : Investing in Skills for Inclusive Trade

A joint study by the International Labour Office and the World Trade Organization
Research and analysis

Description :

“Investing in Skills for Inclusive Trade”, co-published by the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the International Labour Office (ILO), focuses on the linkages between trade and skills and between trade and skills development policies. The publication argues that in the fast-changing context of globalization, where technology and trade relations evolve rapidly, the responsiveness of skills supply to demand is particularly important.

Given the role of skills in productivity and in trade performance as well as in access to employment and in wage distribution, a strong emphasis on skills development is vital for both firms and workers.

Drawing on the findings from relevant literature and from the ILO's Skills for Trade and Economic Diversification (STED) programme, this publication shows that appropriate skills development policies are key to helping firms participate in trade, and also to helping workers find good jobs.

Published July 2017 | 186 pages | 297 x 210 mm | Weight: 0.500 kg

Contents:

Tables, figures and boxes ......................................................3
Foreword ............................................................................. 5
Acknowledgements ............................................................. 7
Executive summary ...............................................................8
Abbreviations .......................................................................15

1: Why do skills and trade matter? .......................................17
1.1 Why this study? ..............................................................17
1.2 What do we mean by skills? ...........................................20
1.3 Main findings ..................................................................20

2: What do we know about skills and trade? ....................... 23
2.1 The availability of skills affects countries’ trade patterns and
performance ............................................................................23
2.2 Trade tends to increase the demand for skills ...................28
2.3 Trade and skills jointly affect productivity, growth and
wage distribution .....................................................................62

3: Responding to trade-related changes in
skills demand ...........................................................................79
3.1 Skills responses to change driven by trade ........................79
3.2 Skills supply .......................................................................82
3.3 Common systemic constraints on matching skills
supply to demand ....................................................................107
3.4 Mechanisms for responding to trade-related changes in
skills needs ...............................................................................118
3.5 Lessons from experience: Case studies of successful skills
development policies ...............................................................142

4: Conclusions .........................................................................157
4.1 The relationship between skills and trade .........................157


Edition : English ISBN 978-92-870-4016-9 Paperback

Net price : 40.00 CHF
WTO Publications are not subject to VAT

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