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ERIC Number: ED504041
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Jul-28
Pages: 47
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
Enhancing Portugal's Human Capital. OECD Economics Department Working Papers, No. 505
Guichard, Stephanie; Larre, Benedicte
OECD Publishing (NJ1)
The lack of human capital in Portugal has become a key obstacle to higher growth. This paper discusses the performance of education and training services in Portugal and shows that improvements are needed to narrow the significant human capital gap with other OECD countries. Despite progress in the past decades, Portuguese children spend comparatively few years in formal education, and they do not perform as well as children from other OECD countries. Adults, especially the least educated, do not participate enough in lifelong learning and training programmes. This situation does not stem from a lack of resources devoted to education and training but from inefficiencies and misallocation of spending, and weaknesses in the quality of the services that compound the low starting point of Portugal regarding education. Modernizing the Portuguese economy therefore requires a broad reform which increases human capital at all levels. The ongoing efforts of the authorities in the three areas -- basic and upper secondary education, tertiary education and adult training -- go in the right direction but implementation remains a challenge. (A bibliography is included. Diagrammed synopsis and comparative information with other European countries are annexed. Contains 66 footnotes, 14 figures and 4 boxes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development
Identifiers - Location: Portugal