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Educational Inequality

Jo Blanden (), Matthias Doepke () and Jan Stuhler ()
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Jo Blanden: University of Surrey

No 2022-013, Working Papers from Human Capital and Economic Opportunity Working Group

Abstract: This chapter provides new evidence on educational inequality and reviews the literature on the causes and consequences of unequal education. We document large achievement gaps between children from different socioeconomic backgrounds, show how patterns of educational inequality vary across countries, time, and generations, and establish a link between educational inequality and social mobility. We interpret this evidence from the perspective of economic models of skill acquisition and investment in human capital. The models account for different channels underlying unequal education and highlight how endogenous responses in parents' and children's educational investments generate a close link between economic inequality and educational inequality. Given concerns over the extended school closures during the Covid-19 pandemic, we also summarize early evidence on the impact of the pandemic on children's education and on possible long-run repercussions for educational inequality.

Keywords: COVID-19; skill acquisition; educational inequality (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I00 I24 J16 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2022-04
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