Literacy skills and family configurations

We study the links between family configuration and formation on the one hand and adult literacy skills on the other by analysing data from the Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC), a survey of 250,000 people aged 16 to 65 conducted by the OECD in 33 countries and economies. Literacy proficiency has an effect on many aspects of the formation and development of families, such as age of parents at birth of first child, or age of partners at cohabitation, even when educational attainment and age are taken into account. Moreover, having children and living with a partner have consequences for adults’ job opportunities and participation in the labour market, which can be particularly negative for the women with the highest literacy proficiency.

author
Jonas, Nicolas
Thorn, William
series
OECD Education Working Papers
language
ENG
Series volume
192
Institutions
OECD
date
2018
Pages
56 p.
regions
Asia and the Pacific
Europe
Americas and the Caribbean
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themes
Literacy and reading
Social barriers to education
Pays
Australia
Austria
Belgium
Canada
Chile
Czech Republic
Denmark
Estonia
Finland
France
Germany
Greece
Ireland
Israel
Italy
Japan
Korea R
Lithuania
Netherlands
New Zealand
Norway
Poland
Singapore
Slovakia
Spain
Sweden
Turkey
UK
USA
levels
Primary education
Basic education

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