Education and Social Mobility in Europe: Levelling the Playing Field for Europe's Children and Fuelling its Economy

Altzinger, Wilfried and Crespo Cuaresma, Jesus and Rumplmaier, Bernhard and Sauer, Petra and Schneebaum, Alyssa (2015) Education and Social Mobility in Europe: Levelling the Playing Field for Europe's Children and Fuelling its Economy. WWWforEurope, 80. European Commission, bmwfw, Vienna.

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Abstract

The persistence of socioeconomic outcomes across generations acts as a barrier to a society's ability to exploit its resources efficiently. In order to derive policy measures which aim at accelerating intergenerational mobility, we review the existent body of research on the causes, effects and the measurement of intergenerational mobility. We also present recent empirical works which study intergenerational mobility in Europe, around the Globe, and its relevance for economic growth. We recommend four policy measures to reduce the negative impacts of intergenerational persistence in economic outcomes: universal and high-quality child care and pre-school programs; later school tracking and increased access to vocational training to reduce skill mismatch and facilitate technological development; integration programs for migrants; and simultaneous investment in schooling and later social security programs.

Item Type: Paper
Keywords: Academic research / Ageing / Demographic change / European economic policy / Full employment growth path / Labour markets / Migration / Policy options
Classification Codes: JEL E24, F22, H52, J62
Divisions: Departments > Volkswirtschaft > Makroökonomie
Forschungsinstitute > Human Capital and Development
Forschungsinstitute > Verteilungsfragen
Kompetenzzentren > Sustainability Transf. & Responsibility
Depositing User: Elena Simukovic
Date Deposited: 24 Nov 2015 11:51
Last Modified: 22 Oct 2019 00:41
FIDES Link: https://bach.wu.ac.at/d/research/results/71752/
URI: https://epub.wu.ac.at/id/eprint/4720

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