Michel Cournoyer

Michel Cournoyer has written 8065 posts for Job Market Monitor

Overqualification in Canada among Workers Aged 25 to 64 with a University Degree – 47% have lower literacy skills and 54% have lower numeracy skills

Based on a self-reported measure of overqualification, this article examines the association between overqualification and skills among workers aged 25 to 64 with a university degree, using data from the 2012 Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC). This article also examines the extent to which overqualified workers are dissatisfied with their jobs. … Continue reading

Breadth of Skills – To expand our conception of where and when learning happens

Knowing how to read and write is absolutely essential to interacting with the world, and research has shown that math and science skills are signi cant drivers of productivity. Recent work by economists Eric Hanushek and Ludgar Woessmann nds that if all countries possessed the skill level in these domains of Finland, often a top … Continue reading

Nouveau-Brunswick – Plus de 60 % des francophones aux échelons inférieurs en littératie et en numératie

Les francophones du Nouveau-Brunswick ont réalisé d’importants progrès en matière de scolarisation au cours des dernières décennies. Pourtant, ils continuent de performer beaucoup moins bien aux tests de compétence que leurs homologues anglophones, et que les francophones du Québec, de l’Ontario et du Manitoba. Plus de 60 % des francophones de cette province ont obtenu un score … Continue reading

Genes, education and labor market outcomes – What can genetic information teach us about the intergenerational transmission of economic inequality?

What can genetic information teach us about the intergenerational transmission of economic inequality? A new IZA Discussion Paper by Nicholas W. Papageorge (Johns Hopkins University & IZA) and Kevin Thom (New York University) uses molecular genetic data to better understand the economic returns to ability endowments over the life-cycle, and how they are influenced by … Continue reading

Skills Gap in US and Digital Readiness – How familiar adults are with specific educational resources or concepts

How familiar adults are with specific educational resources or concepts: As it turns out, there is not widespread public awareness of some of the key resources that are becoming available thanks to innovation online. Noteworthy majorities of Americans say they are “not too” or “not at all” aware of these things: Common Core standards – … Continue reading

Educational Attainment – The cumulative risk of low performance at age 15

Far too many students around the world are trapped in a vicious circle of poor performance and demotivation that leads only to more bad marks and further disengagement from school. Worse, poor performance at school has long-term consequences, both for the individual and for society as a whole. Students who perform poorly at age 15 … Continue reading

Tertiary Education – Countries are finding other ways, besides public spending, to fund it OECD finds

OECD countries spend an average of 5.2% of their GDP on educational institutions from primary to tertiary education, public and private expenditure combined. Around one-third of the total expenditure is devoted to tertiary education, where spending per student is highest. The higher cost of tertiary-level teaching staff and the prevalence of research and development in … Continue reading

Higher Education – An increasing share of tertiary-educated people are attaining a bachelor’s or equivalent degree

The share of tertiary-educated people with a master’s or doctoral degree varies widely from country to country and an increasing share of tertiary-educated people are attaining a bachelor’s or equivalent degree. Among 25-34 year-olds with a tertiary degree, the proportion of those who obtained at least a master’s or equivalent degree varies from 4% in … Continue reading

Resume – The most outrageous resume mistakes employers have found

Finding a job can be stressful. Job seekers are often up against tens, if not hundreds, of other applicants for a position. The pressure to have their resumes jump out from the stack in front of employers is high, and that can often result in getting a little too creative or perhaps outright fabricating. According … Continue reading

Job Interview – 21 Best Tips (infographic)

There’s much more to a successful job interview than just knowing how to answer the most commonly asked questions. To make things easier for you, we’ve prepared some more tips that will help you prepare for everything else that comes with a job interview. Chosen excerpts by Job Market Monitor. Read the whole story at  22+ … Continue reading

Parental Leave around the World – Which Countries Have the Most (Infographic)

Most leave policies around the world offer fully paid or partially paid time off. This pay is financed in a variety of ways including by individual employers and by the government. In addition to maternity leave and paternity leave, many countries allow for parental leave. This is extra leave that parents can take after the … Continue reading

The jobs of the future – New skills for new economies

So what skills should workers be acquiring to make sure they have value as the Fourth Industrial Revolution gathers pace? Some may be surprised to learn that skills we develop in pre-school will be valued highly. David Deming, associate professor of education and economics at Harvard University, argues that soft skills like sharing and negotiating … Continue reading

The Future of Jobs – Rethinking education systems, incentivizing lifelong learning and cross-industry and public-private collaboration

The impact of technological, demographic and socio-economic disruptions on business models will be felt in transformations to the employment landscape and skills requirements, resulting in substantial challenges for recruiting, training and managing talent. Several industries may find themselves in a scenario of positive employment demand for hard-to-recruit specialist occupations with simultaneous skills instability across many … Continue reading

Unemployed in EU – 65.7% remained unemployed, 15% found a job

Out of all persons in the European Union (EU) who were unemployed in the fourth quarter 2015, 65.7% (13.0 million persons) remained unemployed in the first quarter 2016, while 15.4% (3.0 million) moved into employment and 18.9% (3.7 million) towards economic inactivity in Q1 2016. Of all those initially in employment, 96.2% (169.7 million persons) … Continue reading

Youth Unemployment Is on the Rise – 20 per cent were willing to move permanently to another country.

In a climate of renewed concerns about global economic growth, youth unemployment is on the rise after several years of improvement… Global economic growth in 2016 is estimated to stand at 3.2 per cent, 0.4 percentage points lower than the gure predicted in late 2015. The downward revision is a result of recessions that were … Continue reading

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