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Women at work in East Asia Pacific: Solid progress but a long road ahead

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East Asia Pacific’s (EAP) strong economic performance over the past few decades has significantly benefited and empowered women in the region, bringing better health and education and greater access to economic opportunities. To celebrate International Women’s Day, we are featuring 12 women in the region who embody the advancements women have made in EAP, despite the many barriers that remain for them at work.

Surpassing all other developing regions, EAP’s female-to-male enrollment ratio for tertiary education is currently 1.2, with the ratio of secondary education access nearly equal for girls and boys. But in the workplace, the share of women working in EAP is at 62% versus 78.9% for men, a gap that has not narrowed over the past four years.

Untuk menggali potensi siswa, tuntut dan dukunglah guru

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Di antara 29 negara dan ekonomi kawasan Asia Timur dan Pasifik, kita bisa menemukan beberapa sistem pendidikan paling sukses di dunia. Tujuh dari sepuluh pencetak rata-rata nilai tertinggi pada tes yang dapat dibandingkan secara internasional seperti PISA dan TIMSS berasal dari kawasan tersebut, di mana Jepang, Korea Selatan, Singapura, dan Hong Kong, Tiongkok secara konsisten selalu berada di antara yang terbaik.
Namun, yang lebih penting, kita juga menemukan bahwa kinerja yang hebat tidak terbatas pada sistem sekolah di negara-negara berpenghasilan tinggi kawasan ini. Sistem sekolah di negara berpenghasilan menengah seperti Vietnam dan Tiongkok (khususnya provinsi di Beijing, Shanghai, Jiangsu, dan Guangdong), meskipun memiliki PDB per kapita yang jauh lebih rendah, memiliki nilai lebih baik daripada rata-rata negara OECD. Terlebih lagi, nilai dari Tiongkok dan Vietnam menunjukkan bahwa kinerja siswa miskin tidak tertinggal. Siswa dari kuintil berpenghasilan terendah kedua memiliki skor lebih baik daripada rata-rata siswa OECD, bahkan peserta tes paling miskin pun mengungguli siswa dari beberapa negara makmur. Namun demikian, seperti ditunjukkan grafik di bawah, negara-negara lain di kawasan ini belum mencapai hasil yang sama.

To unlock student potential in East Asia Pacific, be demanding and supportive of teachers

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Also available in: Bahasa Indonesia

Among the 29 countries and economies of the East Asia and Pacific region, one finds some of the world’s most successful education systems. Seven out of the top 10 highest average scorers on internationally comparable tests such as PISA and TIMSS are from the region, with Japan, Republic of Korea, Singapore, and Hong Kong (China) consistently among the best. 

But, more significantly, one also finds that great performance is not limited to school systems in the region’s high-income countries. School systems in middle-income Vietnam and China (specifically the provinces of Beijing, Shanghai, Jiangsu, and Guangdong) score better than the average OECD country, despite having much lower GDP per capita. What is more, scores from both China and Vietnam show that poor students are not being left behind. Students from the second-lowest income quintile score better than the average OECD student, and even the very poorest test takers outscore students from some wealthy countries. As the graph below shows, however, other countries in the region have yet to achieve similar results.

교육을 통한 동아시아의 4차산업혁명 대응방안

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동아시아는 빠른 기술 진보에 대비하고 있다. (사진 : Gerhard Jörén / 세계은행)

'4 차산업혁명 (4IR)'으로 불리는 자동화와 급속한 기술 발전은 경제 환경과 노동력에 요구되는 기술의 특성을 변화시키고 있다. 이와 관련한 새로운 도전이 전세계에 대두되고 있고 동아시아 또한 이에 대한 준비를 하고 있다.

 세계적 도전

자동화가 확대됨에 따라 기술력이 부족한 저소득 국가는 자동화에 더 많이 노출된다. 특히 기술수준이 높은 지역에 산업이 집중되는 직업 클러스터링 (job clustering)으로 인해 문제 해결 능력 및 사회적 기술 등을 습득하는 능력은 근로자가 신흥 산업에 적응하는데 더욱 중요해지고 있다. 전세계 노동력은 이러한 변화에 적응하고 생산성을 유지하는데 필요한 기술개발을 하기 위해 끊임없는 협력과 혁신이 요구된다. “기술과 고용 관련 옥스포드 마틴 프로그램 (Oxford Martin Programme on Technology and Employment)”의 Carl Benedikt Frey교수는  "새로운 산업의 출현과 함께 새로 창출된 일자리는 평균 일자리보다 훨씬 더 숙련된 기술을 요구한다."라고 시사하였다.

4차산업혁명이 교육에 시사하는 점

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근로자의 신기술 응용 능력은 교육을 통해 개발될 수 있다. (사진 : Sarah Farhat / 세계은행)​

4차산업혁명은 교육과 기술간의 관계를 더욱 긴밀하게 할 것이고 교육의 역할을 다시 한번 강조할 것이다. 대다수 개발도상국의 경우 부진한 성과를 내는 교육 체제 때문에 자동화에 대응할 수 있는 노동 경쟁력이 발전을 멈춘 상태다. 그런 탓에 개도국은 교육 투자 수익률이 높음에도 그에 따른 경제적 혜택을 누리지 못하고 있다. 4차산업혁명은 고소득 산업국가에서 널리 화두가 되고 있는 주제다. 그러나 자동화는 다른 나라보다 개도국에 특히 더 큰 영향을 끼칠 수 있고 개도국의 정책입안자들은 자국의 체제에 미칠 영향을 지금부터 우려해야 한다. 개도국은 교육투자 수익률이 높지만 교육의 질이 낮다. 
동아시아 성장 모델의 한계
동아시아 성장 신화의 두 가지 필수 요소는 무역 개혁과 인적 자본이다.  동아시아는 수출 장려 정책이나 무역 자유화 정책에 힘입어 저임금 저숙련 노동력을 비교우위로 활용할 수 있었다.  일례로 1962년 한국의 1인당 국민소득(GDP)은 아프리카 사하라 사막 이남 국가에 상응하는 수준이었다. 그러나 10년 간의 노동집약적, 수출 주도형 성장에 힘입어 한국의 1인당 실질 GDP는 두 배로 뛰었다.

Let’s talk money: New campaign helps Cambodia’s new generation on financial management

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Also available in: Cambodian
The World Bank partnered with the Women’s Media Center “Let’s Talk Money” radio show to help build financial stability in Cambodia.
Risky financial behaviors among Cambodians of the post-millennial generation have become more widespread in the country, especially among the 18-35 age group. While they are important customers for the financial and banking sectors, their behaviors are often dominated by lavish spending and excessive borrowing. 

How do we achieve sustained growth? Through human capital, and East Asia and the Pacific proves it

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Students at Beijing Bayi High School in China. Photo: World Bank

In 1950, the average working-age person in the world had  almost three years of education, but in East Asia and Pacific (EAP), the  average person had less than half that amount. Around this time, countries in  the EAP  region put themselves on a path that focused on growth  driven by human capital. They made significant and steady investments in  schooling to close the educational attainment gap with the rest of the world. While  improving their school systems, they also put their human capital to work in  labor markets. As a result, economic growth has been stellar: for four decades  EAP has grown at roughly twice the pace of the global average. What is more, no  slowdown is in sight for rising prosperity.

High economic growth and strong human capital accumulation  are deeply intertwined. In a recent paper, Daron Acemoglu and David Autor explore  the way skills and labor markets interact: Human capital is the central  determinant of economic growth and is the main—and very likely the only—means  to achieve shared growth when technology is changing quickly and raising the  demand for skills. Skills promote productivity and growth, but if there are not  enough skilled workers, growth soon chokes off. If, by contrast, skills are abundant and  average skill-levels keep rising, technological change can drive productivity  and growth without stoking inequality.

Phenomenal development: New MOOC draws economic policy lessons from South Korea’s transformation

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The World Bank Group’s Open Learning Campus (OLC) launched a free Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) today — Policy Lessons from South Korea’s Development — through the edX platform, with approximately 7,000 global learners already registered. In this MOOC, prominent representatives of academic and research institutions in South Korea and the United States narrate a multi-faceted story of Korea’s economic growth. 
Why focus on South Korea? South Korea's transformation from poverty to prosperity in just three decades was virtually miraculous. Indeed, by almost any measure, South Korea is one of the greatest development success stories. South Korea’s income per capita rose nearly 250 times, from a mere $110 in 1962 to $27,440 in 2015. This rapid growth was achieved despite geopolitical uncertainties and a lack of natural resources. Today, South Korea is a major exporter of products such as semiconductors, automobiles, telecommunications equipment, and ships.

Source: World Development Indicators, 12/16/2016

How can rapidly aging East Asia sustain its economic dynamism?

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Also available in: 中文
Panos Agency

In the last three decades, East Asia has reaped the demographic dividend. An abundant and growing labor force powered almost one-third of the region’s per capita income growth from the 1960s to the 1990s, making it the world’s growth engine.
Now, East Asia is facing the challenges posed by another demographic trend: rapid aging. A new World Bank report finds that East Asia and Pacific is aging faster – and on a larger scale – than any other region in history.
More than 211 million people ages 65 and over live in East Asia and Pacific, accounting for 36 percent of the global population in that age group. By 2040, East Asia’s older population will more than double, to 479 million, and the working-age population will shrink by 10 percent to 15 percent in countries such as Korea, China, and Thailand.
Across the region, as the working-age population declines and the pace of aging accelerates, policy makers are concerned with the potential impact of aging on economic growth and rising demand for public spending on health, pension and long-term care systems.
As the region ages rapidly, how do governments, employers and households ensure that hard-working people live healthy and productive lives in old age? How do societies in East Asia and Pacific promote productive aging and become more inclusive?