A global examination of policies and practices for lifelong learning

July 21, 2015


  • Phyllis Cummins
  • Suzanne R. Kunkel

Continuous learning over the life course is necessary to successfully compete in a knowledge-based global economy. While a wide range of individual and community factors play a role in whether older workers receive skills training and remain in the labor force, national policies and practices are also likely to have an influence. This nation-level study used OECD data to identify associations between participation in lifelong learning activities and outcomes such as labor force participation at older ages and income inequality. Countries with more hours spent in lifelong learning activities over the life course have higher labor force participation rates between the ages of 55 and 64 and have lower rates of income inequality.

New Horizons in Adult Education & Human Resource Management, 27(3), 3-17. doi:10.1002/nha3.20107

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  • Business/Economics of Aging
  • Education
  • Global Aging
  • Workforce Issues