Do elite universities admit the academically best students?

Debopam Bhattacharya, 13 April 2013



The undergraduate admissions process at elite universities, owing to its implications for socioeconomic mobility, is subjected to significant public scrutiny in the UK.

Topics: Education
Tags: education, elite universities, UK

The trend reversal in income inequality and returns to education: How bad is this good news for Latin America?

Augusto de la Torre, Julián Messina, 7 March 2013



Latin America witnessed unprecedented economic and social achievements during the last decade. In particular, the year 2003 appears as an important inflexion point for the region’s economic history, a point that we have highlighted in several World Bank publications1.

Topics: Labour markets
Tags: education, income inequality, Latin America

The long-run gains of not mixing genders in high-school classes

Massimo Anelli, Giovanni Peri, 23 February 2013



Gender gap in college majors and earnings

Topics: Education, Gender, Labour markets
Tags: education, gender, Italy, labour, wages, women

The reduction of school days in Japan increased educational inequality

Daiji Kawaguchi, 2 February 2013



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.

Topics: Education
Tags: education, Japan, university

Diversifying Russia

Simon Commander, Alexander Plekhanov, 29 January 2013



Russia aims to diversify its economy, thereby moving away from its dependence on oil and gas. Despite much political rhetoric, our research (European Bank for Reconstruction and Development 2012) indicates that, to date, relatively little has been achieved. Oil and gas still account for nearly 70% of total merchandise exports and around a half of the federal budget.

Topics: Development
Tags: economic diversification, education, gas, oil, Russia, skills

The expansion and convergence of compulsory schooling: Lessons for developing countries

Fabrice Murtin, Martina Viarengo , 18 January 2013



One goal of the UN’s Millennium Declaration is “achieving universal primary education” by 2015 (UN 2012). Yet, according to recent statistics, 61 million children of primary school age are not enrolled in school (UNESCO 2012), and 12% do not complete primary education (World Bank 2012).

Topics: Development, Labour markets
Tags: education, learning outcomes, school leaving age, schooling

The impact of immigration on the educational attainment of natives

Jennifer Hunt, 17 November 2012



The increase in wage inequality in a large number of developed countries has heightened the importance of ensuring all children complete at least an apprenticeship or 12 years of high school.

Topics: Education
Tags: education, immigration

Who lives longer?

Josep Pijoan-Mas, Víctor Ríos-Rull, 30 September 2012



Economists have long been worried about income inequality and its effects on welfare. For instance, workers with a college degree earn on average much more than those who did not complete high school. This disparity translates into large differences in consumption levels and hence welfare (see, for instance, Heathcote et al. 2010).

Topics: Education, Health economics, Poverty and income inequality
Tags: education, health, life expectancy, wealth

What’s the use of economics? Introduction to the Vox debate

Diane Coyle, 19 September 2012



This column is a lead commentary in the VoxEU Debate "What's the use of economics?"

Topics: Education, Frontiers of economic research, Global crisis
Tags: Economics, education, global crisis, teaching

Games on Networks

Matthew O. Jackson, Yves Zenou, 9 September 2012

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Topics: Frontiers of economic research, Industrial organisation
Tags: crime, education, unemployment

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