The reduction of school days in Japan increased educational inequality

Daiji Kawaguchi 02 February 2013

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One of the major objectives of compulsory education is to assure uniform educational opportunities for all children regardless of their socioeconomic background. For that reason, most advanced countries provide compulsory education as well as textbooks free of charge. Getting education policy right for those at an early age is also important for competitiveness in the global knowledge economy (Murtin and Viarengo 2013).

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Topics:  Education

Tags:  education, Japan, university

How universities helped transform the medieval world

Davide Cantoni, Noam Yuchtman 21 May 2012

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How does a new form of knowledge enter the public sphere and what are the consequences for economic activity? Today, thousands of students are pursuing university degrees in biotechnologies and computer sciences in order to enter the high-tech labour force or to become entrepreneurs. Do the institutions that train them generate economic growth? What roles can governments play in establishing educational institutions and supporting investments in the new forms of human capital they produce?

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Topics:  Education Frontiers of economic research

Tags:  education, economic history, university, Middle Ages

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