Please note that this agenda is preliminary and subject to change without further notice.


22 November 2015

18:00 - 20:00

Cocktail party: welcome and registration

Jet Bussemaker, Minister of Education, Culture and Science, The Netherlands and Andreas Schleicher, Director of the Directorate for Education and Skills (OECD)


23 November 2015

09:00 - 12:45

Presentations by invited speakers

1)  Ageing and literacy skills: Evidence from IALS, ALL and PIAAC
William Craig Riddell and David Green, University of British Columbia

Discussant: John Martin 

Coffee break

2)  The acquisition of cognitive skills through labour market experience
Aitor Lacuesta, Bank of Spain

Discussant: Richard Desjardins 


12:45 - 13:45  

Lunch break


13:45 - 17:15

3)  Polarization on the labour market and the wage premium 
Bas ter Weel, Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy 
Analysis and University of Maastricht 

Discussant: Didier Fouarge 

Coffee break

4)   High skilled jobs and the employment of graduates
Francis Green, Institute of Education University College London

Discussant:  Glenda Quintini 


17:15 – 17:30

Closing comments by:

Lodewijk Asscher, Minister of Social Affairs & Employment, the Netherlands


19:00 - 21:00



24 November 2015

09:00 - 09:30

Opening by:

Maarten Camps, Secretary General of the Ministry of Economic Affairs, the Netherlands 

09:30 – 11:00

Parallel session I: Education

  1. Employment and Earnings among Low-Education Adults: A Cross-National Perspective (Presented by Stephen Reder)
  2. What is the impact of schooling on skill formation and skill inequality? (Presented by Mehmet Alper Dinçer)

Parallel session II: Labour

  1. Differences in Job De-Routinization in OECD Countries: Evidence from PIAAC (Presented by Lucas Gortazar and Sara de la Rica)

  2. What you do at work and how: a framework for measuring tasks across occupations (Presented by Enrique Fernández-Macías and Martina Bisello)


11:00 - 11:30

Coffee Break


11:30 - 13:00

Parallel session III: Education

  1. Skilled or educated? Educational reforms, human capital and earnings (Presented by Marco Leonardi)
  2. Teachers’ Language and Math Skills (Presented by Bart Golsteyn, Stan Vermeulen and Inge de Wolf)

Parallel session IV: Labour

  1. Migrants in the OECD: Over-qualified but under-skilled? An international comparison of labor market integration (Presented by Anja Perry and Débora Maehler)

  2. Skill, skill use and wages (Presented by Rolf van der Velden and Ineke Bijlsma)


13:00 – 14:00

Lunch break


14:00 - 15:30

Parallel session V: Education

  1. Skills and outcomes in the educational and labour markets - evidence from a matched PISA-PIAAC data set (Presented by Karsten Albæk)
  2. Trends in Inequality in Educational Outcomes for Adults: Evidence from the 1930-1990 Birth Cohorts (Presented by Anna Chmielewski)

Parallel session VI: Labour

  1. Returns to ICT skills (Presented by Simon Wiederhold)
  2. Non-Cognitive Skills and Individual Earnings: New Evidence From PIAAC (Presented by Brindusa Anghel and Pau Balart)


15:30 - 16:00

Closing comments by:

Stefano Scarpetta, Director for the Directorate of Employment, Labour and Social Affairs (OECD)