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Mapping the European regional educational distribution

Rodríguez-Pose, Andrés ORCID: 0000-0002-8041-0856 and Tselios, Vassilis (2011) Mapping the European regional educational distribution. European Urban and Regional Studies, 18 (4). pp. 358-374. ISSN 1461-7145

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Identification Number: 10.1177/0969776411399345


The geography of education, especially at subnational level, is a huge black box. Little is known about the distribution of educational attainment and inequality across regions in Europe. This paper addresses this gap in the literature by mapping educational attainment and inequality in 102 regions in Western Europe, using data extracted from the European Community Household Panel (ECHP) covering more than 100,000 individuals over the period 1995–2000. The results of this Exploratory Spatial Data Analysis (ESDA) reveal a strong correlation between levels of educational attainment and inequality across regions in Europe. Regions with similar educational conditions tend to cluster, often within national borders. In addition, a North–South and an urban–rural dimension are evident. Northern regions and large European metropoli have not only the most-educated labour force but also the lowest levels of inequality. Educational inequality seems to be, in any case, a fundamentally within-region phenomenon: 90 percent of the educational inequality in Europe occurs among individuals living in the same region.

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Additional Information: © 2011 SAGE Publications
Divisions: European Institute
Geography & Environment
Spatial Economics Research Centre
Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D901 Europe (General)
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
L Education > L Education (General)
Date Deposited: 14 Dec 2010 15:17
Last Modified: 05 Jan 2024 20:03

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