Skill Development for International Competitiveness

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What skill-development strategies should developing countries adopt to compete successfully in the international markets of the 21st century? This innovative new book provides a blend of theory and case studies which shed new light on this important question. It approaches the question from two angles. It considers, first, how skill development affects a country's international competitiveness and, secondly, what a government should do to develop a country's skills. It concludes that development of skills is necessary for a country to make the transition from primary exports to manufactures and from labour-intensive to skill-intensive manufacturing. Skill Development for International Competitiveness will be of interest to academics, students and researchers in the fields of development studies, development economics, the economics of education and training and labour economics. Policy makers and planners responsible for policies on human resource development and employment and overall development strategy will also find this a vital source of information.
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Addressing the question of what types of skill-development strategies developing countries should adopt to compete in international markets in the 21st century, this volume contains ten contributions combining theoretical issues with case studies. Topics addressed include arguments for an activist skill- development policy with an emphasis on education of girls and women; the transition from cheap labor to skill-based competitiveness; human resources and structural adjustment; and different approaches to training for countries and enterprises at different levels of technological development. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781858985510
  • Publisher: Elgar, Edward Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/1/1997
  • Pages: 316

Table of Contents

List of figures
List of tables
List of contributors
1 Simple analytical considerations for skill development for international competitiveness 3
2 Does educating girls improve export opportunities? 40
3 From cheap labour to skill-based competitiveness: some labour-market aspects of the transition 61
4 Can governments engineer the transition from cheap labour to skill-based competitiveness? The case of Singapore 92
5 Education and training for manufacturing development 141
6 State failure or market failure? The ten steps to a levy-grant system of vocational training 169
7 Skill development and structural adjustment 203
8 Human resources and structural adjustment: evidence from Costa Rica 223
9 Training and motivation in the context of new approaches to manufacturing production: evidence from Latin America 247
10 Skills and capabilities: Ghana's industrial competitiveness 274
Index 309
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