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ERIC Number: ED477491
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003
Pages: 225
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-0-8213-5172-9
Closing the Gap in Education and Technology. World Bank Latin American and Caribbean Studies.
de Ferranti, David; Perry, Guillermo E.; Gill, Indermit; Guasch, J. Luis; Maloney, William F.; Sanchez-Paramo, Carolina; Schady, Norbert
This document examines the gap between the Latin America and Caribbean region and the world's developed nations in the areas of education and technology. It also examines policies and strategies to close the gap. The following are among the specific topics discussed: (1) skills upgrading and innovation policies (the major actors; the role of government policy); (2) productivity, skill, and technology gaps and benchmarking Latin American performance; (3) interaction of technology and skills in Latin American and the Caribbean (rising demands for skilled workers; skill-based technological change; the relationship between technology transfer, the rising demand for skills and patterns of integration into the global economy; long-term cycles in demand for skilled workers and technology); (4) formulating education policies to close the gap (the how, why, and uncertainty of educational transitions; the secondary and university educational markets; priorities for education upgrading in Latin America); (5) training policies to close the gap (vocational education and training systems; employers' views of training; policies to promote training); (6) technological transitions and elements of technology policy (the rationale for government action); and (7) networks and national innovation systems (national innovation systems; benchmarking; indicators of innovation outcomes; efficient use of resources and collaboration; research and development; science parks and incubators). The document contains 329 tables, figures, and boxes. The bibliography lists 177 references. (MN)
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Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: World Bank, Washington, DC.