RED 2016: “More skills for work and life: the contribution of families, schools, jobs, and the social context”
Skills are the foundation of human capital. They are the tools that a person can use to effectively solve problems and face new challenges, and they not only include knowledge or abstract reasoning, but also personality traits, beliefs and even physical dexterities. This report shows that having more skills implies getting a better job and being more productive, being physically and mentally healthier, participating more actively in society, completing more years of education, more life satisfaction, among other aspects of personal wellbeing. This report also emphasizes that, unlike the human capital measured by years of education, skills for work and life are not only developed through formal education. The family, the physical and social environment (the neighborhood or community) and the labor market are also contexts of crucial importance in the accumulation of skills.
RED 2016: English version | Spanish version
Prof. Dr. Bert Hoffmann, Head of GIGA Berlin Office
Christian Daude, Director of Economic and Social Research at CAF
Lucila Berniell, Research Economist, CAF
Prof. Dr. Barbara Fritz, Director of the Institute for Latin American Studies, Freie Universität Berlin
Apl. Prof. Dr. Jann Lay, Head of GIGA's Growth and Development Research Programme
Chair: Christian Daude
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Unfortunately, the venue is not wheelchair accessible.