Education, Work and Development


  • José Pastore Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil



Labour market, Education, Productivity, Economic growth, Social progress


The article seeks to show the importance of education as a driver of a country’s economic growth. Production processes are increasingly rooted in “intangible assets” (i.e. ideas). For a country to be successful, it is not simply a question of its citizens being “informed”. Nations need to know how to use information and turn it into a productive asset. Technological changes are occurring at unprecedented speed. The same machines are used in most countries and are becoming increasingly affordable worldwide. What will mark the winners from the losers in the future is the ability to use this equipment efficiently. Good professional training is called for. It is indeed a strategic requirement. It is through quality education that people acquire the ability to reason, think and act. Brazil is seriously lagging behind in terms of basic and higher education. Improving the quality of teaching is absolutely crucial. The role of education in driving progress has never been clearer.


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Author Biography

José Pastore, Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil

José Pastore holds a PhD and an honorary doctorate from the University of Wisconsin (USA). He is a former member of the ILO Management Council and head of the Technical Advisory Board of Brazil´s Labour Ministry. Dr Pastore is currently a full professor at  the São Paulo University Economics Faculty. He has published over 20 books and more than 100 scholarly articles in specialist journals in Brazil and abroad, and has contributed over 300 articles on labour issues to the newspapers O Estado de São Paulo and Jornal da Tarde. He is a member of the International Labour Relations Association and the American Association of Labour Relations. He is about to publish another book entitled The Work of Ex-Offenders.