Journal Article
No. 2018-36 | June 14, 2018
Eckhardt Bode and Robert Gold
Adult training in the digital age
(Published in 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, J24, J62, O33


Cite As

Eckhardt Bode and Robert Gold (2018). Adult training in the digital age. Economics: The Open-Access, Open-Assessment E-Journal, 12 (2018-36): 1–14.

Comments and Questions

Anonymous - Training.
June 14, 2018 - 12:08
To judge by the abstract, this paper is simply saying that new technologies make it necessary to train people for those new technologies: a statement of the obvious, surely? Having read the abstract, I was not tempted the read the paper and I suspect many others will react likewise.

Jiddah M.A. Ajayi - Adult training in the digital Age
July 11, 2018 - 19:13 | Author's CV, Homepage
Having gone through the abstract, I was constrained to read the whole, and discovered it was quite fascinating an article, full of insight and analytical. Quite recommended for others to read...