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Marina Baskakova 1, Irina Soboleva 1
  • 1 Institute of Economics of the Russian Academy of Sciences, 32 Nakhimovsky Ave, 117218 Moscow, Russian Federation

New Dimensions of Functional Illiteracy in the Digital Economy

2019. No. 1. P. 244–263 [issue contents]

Marina Baskakova — Doctor of Sciences in Economics, Leading Researcher, Institute of Economics of the Russian Academy of Sciences. E-mail: baskakovame@mail.ru

Irina Soboleva — Doctor of Sciences in Economics, Head of the Center for Employment Policy and Social and Labor Relationships, Institute of Economics of the Russian Aca­demy of Sciences. E-mail: irasobol@gmail.com

Address: 32 Nakhimovsky Ave, 117218 Moscow, Russian Federation.

We explore the new aspects of functional illiteracy associated with the inability to seamlessly fit into the new economic reality that requires mastering skills and technologies adequate to the digital economy. Data on the level of com­puter literacy and web accessibility for different categories of population is used as basic indicators of readiness to use digital technology in everyday life and in the workplace. The study shows that about one third of the adult popu­lation in Russia is at risk of functional illiteracy. Older cohorts, low-educated people from low-income households, and rural dwellers are the most vulne­rable groups. The regional factor makes an additional contribution to the digi­tal divide. We argue that special measures and programs to overcome digital illiteracy targeted at population groups in high-risk geographic areas should be developed. The article is based on the data from the Integrated Household Living Conditions Survey conducted by Rosstat and the Federal Statistical Sur­vey on the Use of Information Technology.

Citation: Baskakova M., Soboleva I. (2019) Novye grani funktsional'noy negramotnosti v usloviyakh tsifrovoy ekonomiki [New Dimensions of Functional Illiteracy in the Digital Economy]. Voprosy obrazovaniya / Educational Studies Moscow, no1, pp. 244-263.
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