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What the Program for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies Says About the Effects of Social Background on Adult Skills and Social Mobility

Sun, April 10, 8:15 to 9:45am, Convention Center, Floor: Level One, Room 149 B

Session Type: Symposium

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It is important for U.S. adults, regardless of social background, to be equipped with the 21st century skills needed in today’s society. This session will focus on the impact of social background on adults’ skill level. All papers will use data from the Program for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC). Findings presented include descriptive statistics examining the relationships between skills of young adults from immigrant and native families and their individual and family characteristics and regressions examining if the advantages of having highly educated parents are associated with educational attainment and literacy/numeracy level in adulthood. Data from the 2014 PIAAC National Supplement, focusing on young adults, unemployed adults, older adults, and incarcerated adults, will also be introduced.

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