Discussion Paper

No. 2017-54 | August 18, 2017
Adult training in the digital age
(Submitted as Global Solutions Paper)


Digital technologies will both create new jobs and replace existing ones. To cope with in­creasing labor market dynamics in the digital age, workers will have to become more mobile across jobs, occupations, and industries. The relative importance of their job-specific skills will decrease while that of their general skills applicable to various occupations will increase. The G20 should establish national adult training programs that focus on improving workers’ general skills, specifically their theoretical, non-cognitive, and digital skills. These general skills will enable workers to work with technology instead of competing with it, thereby in­creasing their job mobility and employability.

JEL Classification:

E24, I38, J62, O33


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Cite As

Robert Gold and Eckhardt Bode (2017). Adult training in the digital age. Economics Discussion Papers, No 2017-54, Kiel Institute for the World Economy. http://www.economics-ejournal.org/economics/discussionpapers/2017-54

Comments and Questions

Anke Schulz - Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Munich
November 17, 2017 - 08:33

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Robert Gold and Eckhardt Bode - Reply
May 31, 2018 - 10:54

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Robert Gold and Eckhardt Bode - Revised version
May 31, 2018 - 10:57

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