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Education and Inequality Across Europe

Edited by Peter Dolton, Department of Economics, University of Sussex, UK, Rita Asplund, Research Director, The Research Institute of the Finnish Economy (ETLA), Finland and Erling Barth, Research Director, Institute for Social Research, Oslo and Adjunct Professor, Department of Economics, University of Oslo, Norway
The relationship between education and income inequality is of fundamental importance. In this book, an international group of renowned contributors focus on patterns of inequality and their relationship to education using recent data from European countries. The fresh and unique research deals with important topics such as: wage and education inequality, differences in earnings related to gender, the role of labour market institutions, demographic and cohort effects on inequality, intergenerational education and income mobility, the extent of ‘overeducation’ and job and life satisfaction inequality.
Extent: 368 pp
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Publication Date: 2009
ISBN: 978 1 84720 588 9
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The relationship between education and income inequality is of fundamental importance. In this book, an international group of renowned contributors focus on patterns of inequality and their relationship to education using recent data from European countries. The fresh and unique research deals with important topics such as: wage and education inequality, differences in earnings related to gender, the role of labour market institutions, demographic and cohort effects on inequality, intergenerational education and income mobility, the extent of ‘overeducation’ and job and life satisfaction inequality.

The wealth of new empirical evidence presented will make this book an invaluable resource for labour and education economists, educationalists, policy-makers and academics interested in the distribution of income, inequality and education within the fields of sociology and public policy.
‘This is a valuable collection of 12 essays by a distinguished set of experts in the field of education and income inequality across Europe. . . Recommended to educators and policymakers wishing to know about recent significant research in the area of education and inequality in Europe. . . It is vital reading for policymakers and for academics and researchers who want to be aware of what is currently understood and what further work is needed to improve understanding.’
– John Mace, Higher Education Review

‘The book presents an extensive review of research and fresh new evidence on a variety of issues such as inequality in education, quality of education, inequality in educational outcomes, funding tertiary education, the phenomenon of over-education, inequality in incomes, gender differences in earnings, inter-generational income mobility and labour market institutions in different countries. . . The book is a valuable study; the review of research is useful; the wealth of new evidence is indeed impressive; the coverage of issues is wide and extensive; the statistical analysis is of high quality; and the discussion of the results is rich. The detailed empirical estimates, along with tables and graphs add to the value of the book considerably. . . I am sure, many will find the book very useful.’
– Jandhyala B.G. Tilak, Journal of Educational Planning and Administration

‘This volume represents a new chapter in understanding income inequality. The various authors, drawn from across Europe, not only provide rich comparative views about the extent of inequality but also go on to explain some of the causes. The composite picture of the role of education that emerges provides both researchers and policy-makers with new insights into the dynamics of economic well-being.
– Eric Hanushek, Stanford University, US
Contributors: A. Ammermüller, R. Asplund, E. Barth, O. Ben Abdelkarim, J. Blanden, S. Budría, A. Chevalier, I. Cholezas, C. Crowe, K. Denny, P. Dolton, J. Lanfranchi, C. Lauer, C. Lucifora, O. Marcenaro-Gutierrez, D. McMahon, P.T. Pereira, A. Skalli, P. Tsakloglou
Contents:

Foreword

1. Education, Wage Inequality and the Labour Market
Peter Dolton, Rita Asplund and Erling Barth

2. Education and Income Inequality: A Macroeconomic Perspective
Rita Asplund

3. School Quality and Educational Outcomes in Europe
Andreas Ammermüller and Charlotte Lauer

4. Overeducation Across Europe
Peter Dolton and Oscar Marcenaro-Gutierrez

5. Inequality in Access to and Finance of Tertiary Education
Rita Asplund, Oussama Ben Abdelkarim and Ali Skalli

6. Earnings Inequality in Europe: Structure and Patterns of Intertemporal Changes
Ioannis Cholezas and Panos Tsakloglou

7. Education and Wage Dispersion: New Evidence for Europe
Santiago Budría and Pedro Telhado Pereira

8. Within-group Wage Inequality and the Expansion of Tertiary Education
Erling Barth

9. Gender Wage Differentials in Europe
Peter Dolton, Oscar Marcenaro-Gutierrez and Ali Skalli

10. The Economic Effects of Demographic and Educational Change: Empirical Evidence and Policy Implications
Claudio Lucifora

11. Intergenerational Income Mobility in a Comparative Perspective
Jo Blanden

12. A Multi-country Study of Inter-generational Educational Mobility
Arnaud Chevalier, Kevin Denny and Dorren McMahon

13. Education and Preferences for Income Redistribution in a Cross-Section of Countries
Christopher Crowe

14. Job and Life Satisfaction Inequalities in Europe
Peter Dolton, Joseph Lanfranchi and Ali Skalli

Index