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School Closures, Lack of Apprenticeships, No Jobs: Generation without a Future?

Silke Anger (), Malte Sandner, Alexander Danzer (), Axel Plünnecke, Olaf Köller, Enzo Weber, Samuel Mühlemann, Harald Pfeifer () and Bernhard Wittek

ifo Schnelldienst, 2020, vol. 73, issue 09, 03-24

Abstract: To slow down the spread of the coronavirus, schools and daycare centers throughout Germany were closed in mid-March 2020. Final exams were suspended, children and young people started homeschooling, and parents were asked to take over the role of teachers. What will be the impact of the schools’ closure, which will last several months? Can homeschooling replace classroom instruction, or will the lack of school instruction have a lasting negative impact on the development of skills and the future educational and labor market success of those affected? Will “learning at home” further exacerbate the problems of educational equity in Germany? The consequences of the coronavirus pandemic are also leaving a clear mark on the German training market: not only is the number of training places declining, but also the number of applicants. Is there a threat of a “coronavirus generation” that is economically and socially disconnected?

Keywords: Bildungseinrichtung; Bildungswesen; Ausbildungsmarkt; Epidemie (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I21 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020
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