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

Wilfried Altzinger, Jesus Crespo Cuaresma, Alyssa Schneebaum, Petra Sauer, Bernhard Rumplmaier

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The persistence of socioeconomic outcomes across generations acts as a barrier to a societys 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.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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  • WWWforEurope

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