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A Research Agenda for Skills and Inequality

9781800378452 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Michael Tåhlin, Professor of Sociology, Swedish Institute for Social Research (SOFI), Stockholm University, Sweden
Publication Date: March 2023 ISBN: 978 1 80037 845 2 Extent: c 288 pp
Skills and inequality have long been a central theme in analyses of social structure and economic development. A Research Agenda for Skills and Inequality offers an insightful cross-disciplinary framework for research on how unequal living conditions form, persist and change in interplay with human skill formation and development.

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Skills and inequality have long been a central theme in analyses of social structure and economic development. A Research Agenda for Skills and Inequality offers an insightful cross-disciplinary framework for research on how unequal living conditions form, persist and change in interplay with human skill formation and development.

Drawing on prominent new advances in the field, this incisive Research Agenda builds a forward-thinking framework for research. Spanning an extensive eighteen chapters, each examining a specific but major aspect of the general theme of skills and inequality, the book provides a comprehensive overview of links between the two. Against the backdrop of established insights from related but separate fields of inquiry, including economics, sociology, demography, human resource management, political science, philosophy and psychology, the Research Agenda presents an exciting overview of recent advances in analyses of skills and inequality.

Opening vistas for future research based on extensive literature reviews and new findings, this Research Agenda offers compact, ground-breaking essays for students, policy makers, and advanced researchers in many disciplines including social policy, business management, and employment relations.
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‘This book offers original, multidisciplinary insights on the conceptualisation of skill and robust empirical evidence on how skills are formed, developed, utilised, rewarded and maintained across countries with diverse institutional arrangements. It will enrich our understanding of skills and inequality for decades to come.’
– Ying Zhou, Surrey Business School, UK

‘If you want to understand how differences in skills and power jointly create social inequality, this is the book for you. Leading international scholars present the new synthesis on how education, skills, jobs and earnings are linked.’
– Daniel Oesch, University of Lausanne, Switzerland

‘While the concept of skill is central to explanations of inequality, disciplinary boundaries have hampered a full understanding of this relationship. This timely volume fills the gap by bringing together insights from experts in diverse disciplines that together provide the basis for an exciting research framework on this vital topic.’
– Arne L. Kalleberg, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, US
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Contributors include: Amanda Almstedt Valldor, Anton B. Andersson, Dustin Avent-Holt, Margarita Chudnovskaya, Paula England, George Farkas, Nancy Folbre, Duncan Gallie, Karin Halldén, Michael J. Handel, Jon Horgen Friberg, Christian Kjellström, Tomas Korpi, Mark Levels, Arvid Lindh, Charlotta Magnusson, Arnfinn H. Midtboen, Erik Nylander, Are Skeie Hermansen, Heike Solga, Edvin Syk, Michael Tåhlin, Donald Tomaskovic-Devey, Rolf van der Velden, Andrea Veltman, Irene Wennemo, Herman G. van de Werfhorst, Johan Westerman, Dirk Witteveen, Rebecca Ye
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