China’s First Workforce Skill Taxonomy

Por • 16 ene, 2020 • Sección: Economía

Weipan Xu, Xiaozhen Qin, Xun Li, Haohui»Caron» Chen, Morgan Frank, Alex Rutherford, Andrew Reeson, Iyad Rahwan

China is the world’s second largest economy. After four decades of economic miracles, China’s economy is transitioning into an advanced, knowledge-based economy. Yet, we still lack a detailed understanding of the skills that underly the Chinese labor force, and the development and spatial distribution of these skills. For example, the US standardized skill taxonomy O*NET played an important role in understanding the dynamics of manufacturing and knowledge-based work, as well as potential risks from automation and outsourcing. Here, we use Machine Learning techniques to bridge this gap, creating China’s first workforce skill taxonomy, and map it to O*NET. This enables us to reveal workforce skill polarization into social-cognitive skills and sensory-physical skills, and to explore the China’s regional inequality in light of workforce skills, and compare it to traditional metrics such as education. We build an online tool for the public and policy makers to explore the skill taxonomy: this http URL. We will also make the taxonomy dataset publicly available for other researchers upon publication.

arXiv:2001.02863v1 [econ.GN]

General Economics (econ.GN)

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