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Minds and Behaviors at Work: Boosting Socioemotional Skills for Latin America’s Workforce

dc.contributor.authorCunningham, Wendy
dc.contributor.authorAcosta, Pablo
dc.contributor.authorMuller, Noël
dc.date.accessioned2016-07-11T21:01:09Z
dc.date.available2016-07-11T21:01:09Z
dc.date.issued2016-07-11
dc.description.abstractAlthough the Latin American region has shown an impressive growth in educational attainment over the past two decades, that education has failed to yield expected benefits. A mounting body of research and policy debates argues that the quantity of education is not an adequate metric of human capital acquisition. Rather, individuals’ skills—what they actually know and can do—should stand as policy targets and be fostered across the life course. Evidence from around the world shows that both cognitive and socio-emotional skills are demanded by employers and favorably affect a range of outcomes, including educational attainment and employment outcomes. Through original empirical research investigating the role of cognitive and socio-emotional skills in shaping adults’ labor market outcomes in Bolivia, Colombia, El Salvador, and Peru, supplemented by similar studies in other Latin American countries, this review confirms that cognitive skills matter for reaping labor market gains in terms of higher wages and formal jobs in Latin America; but so do socio-emotional skills. Moreover, socio-emotional skills seem to particularly influence labor force participation and tertiary education attendance as a platform to build knowledge. The study also presents a policy framework for skills development by: (i) providing insights by developmental psychologists about when people are neuro-biologically, socio-emotionally, and situationally ready to develop socio-emotional skills, and (ii) suggesting new directions in cognitive development.en
dc.identifier.isbn978-1-4648-0884-5
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/10986/24659
dc.languageEnglish
dc.language.isoen_US
dc.publisherWorld Bank, Washington, DC
dc.relation.ispartofseriesDirections in Development--Human Development;
dc.rightsCC BY 3.0 IGO
dc.rights.holderWorld Bank
dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/igo/
dc.subjectSKILLS
dc.subjectEMPLOYER DEMAND
dc.subjectLABOR MARKET PARTICIPATION
dc.subjectLEARNING
dc.subjectSOCIOEMOTIONAL SKILLS
dc.subjectEDUCATION
dc.subjectPERSONALITY TRAITS
dc.subjectSKILLS DEMAND
dc.subjectCOGNITIVE SKILLS
dc.subjectEMPLOYMENT
dc.subjectHOUSEHOLD SKILLS SURVEY
dc.subjectHUMAN DEVELOPMENT
dc.titleMinds and Behaviors at Worken
dc.title.subtitleBoosting Socioemotional Skills for Latin America’s Workforceen
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okr.crossref.titleMinds and Behaviors at Work: Boosting Socioemotional Skills for Latin America’s Workforce
okr.date.disclosure2016-07-11
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okr.identifier.doi10.1596/978-1-4648-0884-5
okr.identifier.internaldocumentum210884
okr.identifier.report106671
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okr.region.administrativeLatin America & Caribbean
okr.region.countryBolivia
okr.region.countryColombia
okr.region.countryEl Salvador
okr.region.countryPeru
okr.region.geographicalCentral America
okr.region.geographicalLatin America
okr.topicSocial Protections and Labor::Skills Development and Labor Force Training
okr.topicSocial Protections and Labor::Labor Markets
okr.topicEducation::Tertiary Education
okr.topicSocial Development::Social Policy
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