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Growing GapsEducational Inequality around the World$
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Paul Attewell and Katherine S. Newman

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199732180

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199732180.001.0001

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Education and the Labor Market

Education and the Labor Market

The Case of Poland

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(p.239) 11 Education and the Labor Market
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Growing Gaps
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Pawel Polawski

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199732180.003.0011

This chapter begins with a description of changes in Poland's educational system during the past decade. It then discusses the impact of these reforms on workers' skills, as well as on the role of educational credentials in the labor market. It shows that the Polish educational system has been redesigned to provide easy access and a general education, rather than those skills that are genuinely valuable in the labor market. The fact that education must be related to labor-market demand has been overlooked. Skills mismatch has been an unintentional side effect of the reforms, producing a structural strain: available jobs do not meet the aspirations of young people who were encouraged by education.

Keywords:   Poland, educational attainment, educational system, labor markert, skills mismatch

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