Comparing the Skill Levels of Computers with the Skills Possessed By Adults

Awarded Scholars:
Stuart Elliott, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development
Project Date:
Nov 2015
Award Amount:
$26,740
Project Programs:
Future of Work

Computers have changed the nature of many jobs and are likely to continue to do so. However, it is hard to predict whether and how this change will continue without understanding the capabilities computers have and how they relate to the capabilities people have.

Economist Stuart Elliott will organize an expert meeting to use the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development's (OECD) Survey of Adult Skills (PIAAC) to define the skill levels of computers and compare them with the skills possessed by adults in three skill areas: literacy, numeracy, and problem solving using computers. Such a comparison will broaden our understanding of current and future shifts in employment. In addition, the comparison will help define the minimum level of skills that adults will need to compete successfully with computers in the coming years.

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