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Education inequality

Blanden, Jo, Doepke, Matthias and Stuhler, Jan (2022) Education inequality. CEP Discussion Papers (1849). London School of Economics and Political Science. Centre for Economic Performance, London, UK.

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Abstract

This paper provides new evidence on educational inequality and reviews the literature on the causes and consequences of unequal education. We document large achievement gaps between children from different socio-economic backgrounds, show how patterns of educational inequality vary across countries, time, and generations, and establish a link between educational inequality and social mobility. We interpret this evidence from the perspective of economic models of skill acquisition and investment in human capital. The models account for different channels underlying unequal education and highlight how endogenous responses in parents' and children's educational investments generate a close link between economic inequality and educational inequality. Given concerns over the extended school closures during the Covid-19 pandemic, we also summarize early evidence on the impact of the pandemic on children's education and on possible long-run repercussions for educational inequality.

Item Type: Monograph (Discussion Paper)
Official URL: https://cep.lse.ac.uk/_new/publications/discussion...
Additional Information: © 2022 The Authors
Divisions: Centre for Economic Performance
Subjects: University Structure > Language Centre
H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
JEL classification: I - Health, Education, and Welfare > I2 - Education > I22 - Educational Finance
D - Microeconomics > D3 - Distribution > D31 - Personal Income, Wealth, and Their Distributions
Date Deposited: 11 Jan 2023 12:15
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 12:26
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/117857

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