Plain Language Summaries: Schooling, Literacy and Individual Earnings (2008)

This paper is one in a series providing plain-language summaries of a number of research documents from Statistics Canada. It is part of a project carried out by the National Adult Literacy Database (NALD), with funding from the Canadian Council on Learning (CCL).

The focus of this summary is a study that looked at the International Adult Literacy Survey (IALS) as a tool to help explain labour market outcomes.

The study’s author observes that for public policy purposes, it would be helpful to know which skills produced by the educational system actually pay off financially, and by how much.

Direct measures of skill attainment, such as the IALS data, offer a great deal of useful information. For example, they show that the literacy test scores of men have a statistically and empirically significant relationship with individual earnings, and that this effect stands up to rigorous examination using other measurement options.

The study also emphasizes the cautious use of direct measures of skill attainment in this kind of statistical analysis, noting that literacy is a complex concept for which there is no natural unit of measurement.

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James E. Page. Plain Language Summaries: Schooling, Literacy and Individual Earnings 2008. Web. 13 Aug. 2020 <http://en.copian.ca/library/research/nls/ials/school/summary/schooling.pdf>
James E. Page (2008). Plain Language Summaries: Schooling, Literacy and Individual Earnings. Retrieved August 13, 2020, from http://en.copian.ca/library/research/nls/ials/school/summary/schooling.pdf
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