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

Publication: Scientific journalJournal articlepeer-review

Abstract

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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)579 - 590
JournalWirtschaftspolitische Blätter
Volume3
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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