Teach your children well: The dynamics of the distribution of educational attainment in Europe

Crespo Cuaresma, Jesus ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-3244-6560 and Sauer, Petra (2015) Teach your children well: The dynamics of the distribution of educational attainment in Europe. Wirtschaftspolitische Blätter, 3. pp. 579-590. ISSN 0043-6291


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The importance of human capital in the form of education as a determinant of economic development has been highlighted in the theoretical and empirical economic growth literature. Less attention has been paid to the distributional characteristics of educational attainment within and across age groups, as well as between males and females. Exploiting new Age-structured data on educational attainment, we present an analysis of the degree of equality in the distribution of education in Europe over the last decades, both within and across generations. We highlight the differences existing across European regions and the changes experienced over time, as well as those implied by projected trajectories of educational attainment in the future.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: The authors acknowledge funding from the European Community's Seventh Framework Programme FP7/2007-013 under grant agreement 290647, "Welfare, Wealth and Work for Europe".
Classification Codes: JEL I24, I25, O50
Divisions: Departments > Volkswirtschaft > Makroökonomie
Forschungsinstitute > Human Capital and Development
Forschungsinstitute > Verteilungsfragen
Kompetenzzentren > Sustainability Transf. & Responsibility
Version of the Document: Accepted for Publication
Depositing User: Gertraud Novotny
Date Deposited: 07 Aug 2017 09:53
Last Modified: 12 Mar 2020 09:56
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FIDES Link: https://bach.wu.ac.at/d/research/results/73472/
URI: https://epub.wu.ac.at/id/eprint/5677


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