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Global Skill Shortages

Malcomlm S. Cohen og Mahmood A. Zaidi

Edward Elgar 2002 160 s. ISBN 1 84064 520 2
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‘Skill shortages can be a major bottleneck for economic activity and growth. Constructing accurate measures of skill shortages that could be used by policymakers to target programs to reduce these bottlenecks has proven to be challenging. But in this new volume, Malcolm Cohen and Mahmood Zaidi take on this challenge and present a new indicator of skill shortages by detailed occupations across 19 countries. Their global perspective makes this an especially interesting and useful work for economists and policymakers interested in assessing the global capacity to meet occupational shortages across countries.’

– Lisa M. Lynch, Tufts University, US

‘As a legacy of the Great Depression, measurement of unemployment – labor surplus – advanced throughout the developed world. Macroeconomists focused on driving down unemployment. The reverse condition, labor shortage, was generally neglected and often unmeasured. In this volume, Cohen and Zaidi ably redress the balance, focusing on the labor shortage phenomenon and its statistical appraisal. Their work will surely stimulate further research into labor shortages, the response of employers and workers to them, and critical issues of labor shortage measurement.’

– Daniel J.B. Mitchell, University of California, Los Angeles, US

As the world entered the twenty-first century, global skill shortages in many occupations were evident throughout the world. While these were mitigated by a global recession, there is no generally agreed upon method for measuring these shortages. This book discusses various theories for measurement.



1. Introduction 2. Theoretical Aspects of Skill Shortages 3. Globalization and Skill Shortages 4. Skill Shortage Studies in Selected Countries 5. Shortage Indicators by Occupation and Country 6. Factors Correlated with Shortages 7. Coping with Skill Shortages 8. Concluding Remarks Appendix Index