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The expansion and convergence of compulsory schooling in Western Europe, 1950–2000

Murtin, Fabrice and Viarengo, Martina (2011) The expansion and convergence of compulsory schooling in Western Europe, 1950–2000. Economica, 78 (311). pp. 501-522. ISSN 0013-0427

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Identification Number: 10.1111/j.1468-0335.2009.00840.x


This paper examines the expansion of compulsory schooling in fifteen Western European countries over 1950-2000. We show that a convergence process has occurred across these countries since 1950. We argue that the major driver of this phenomenon is the existence of decreasing aggregate returns to education that have limited the extension of compulsory schooling. Then we test whether convergence holds when confronted with other explanations described in the literature. Conditional convergence does hold and we find that openness has been another significant determinant of compulsory years of schooling, reflecting the need of a skilled labour force in an increasingly globalized world.

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Additional Information: © 2011 The Authors. Economica. The London School of Economics and Political Science
Divisions: Centre for Economic Performance
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
JEL classification: I - Health, Education, and Welfare > I2 - Education > I21 - Analysis of Education
Date Deposited: 20 Jul 2010 08:38
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 01:12

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