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What are the causes of educational inequalities and of their evolution over time in Europe? Evidence from PISA

Veruska Oppedisano () and Gilberto Turati ()

No XREAP2010-16, Working Papers from Xarxa de Referència en Economia Aplicada (XREAP)

Abstract: This paper provides evidence on the sources of differences in inequalities in educational scores in European Union member states, by decomposing them into their determining factors. Using PISA data from the 2000 and 2006 waves, the paper shows that inequalities emerge in all countries and in both period, but decreased in Germany, whilst they increased in France and Italy. Decomposition shows that educational inequalities do not only reflect background related inequality, but especially schools’ characteristics. The findings allow policy makers to target areas that may make a contribution in reducing educational inequalities.

Keywords: Education expenditures; educational inequalities; Oaxaca decomposition (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I2 I38 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 38 pages
Date: 2010-12, Revised 2010-12
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