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Key Observations on Education Policies and the Equality of Educational Opportunities: A Leaflet for Education Policy Makers

15 October, 2012 | (01 hr)

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In this webcast we will shed light on three intertwined key questions concerning equality in education and pro-equality education policies: pro-equality educational policies in their policy context, the implementation of such policies and finally the effects of such policies on the transition process. The Webcast is part of a series and integral part of NEUJOBS, a European Commission FP7 financed consortium aimed at giving a comprehensive picture of the European labour markets in 2025.

Ana Thum presents major results from recent NEUJOBS studies debates with Fabrice Henard, Analyst for Higher Education at OECD (Discussant) and Christoph Hilbert from TCB (Moderator) focusing on the following questions:

1) Can we treat education policies as an isolated element, and are social and educational equality complements or substitutes? Is it a feasible approach to group OECD countries into different regimes of stratification or equalization both in terms of social policy and education policy?

2) How can a pro-equality education reform be pushed forward? What are main barriers and main drivers for such a reform? Based on a survey carried out on a selection of relevant countries (Germany, Slovakia, the United Kingdom and Spain), we discuss the political economy of pro-equality educational reforms and try to identify main drivers and main obstacles for the success of such a reform.

3) Do such pro-equality policies have the same effect for all pupils? We discuss, whether we think that a pro-equality reform affects everyone in the same way. We discuss the example of the effect of pro-equality policies across the performance distribution of pupils.


Anna-Elisabeth Thum, Ph.D.

Anna-Elisabeth Thum, Ph.D.
Project Leader
Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS)

After graduating in economics from the University of Lausanne (HEC) and the University of Mannheim with a specialization in applied econometrics, Anna-Elisabeth Thum wrote her PhD on the labour market integration of immigrants in Germany at the European University Institute in Florence unde...Full Bio

Fabrice Hénard

Fabrice Hénard
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

Fabrice Hénard has been working for more than 15 years in the field of evaluation and quality in higher education. Fabrice has carried out a vast number of evaluations of universities and educational and skills policies as well as international comparative reviews at the OECD progamme on h...Full Bio

Christoph Hilbert, Ph.D.

Christoph Hilbert, Ph.D. (Moderator)
Director, Human Capital Research, Europe
The Conference Board

Christoph Hilbert is Director Human Capital Research Europe at The Conference Board. Christoph is planning, designing and managing distinctive research in the field of labor, education & training, talent and human resource for Europe. Within the research consortium NEUJOBS, fi...Full Bio

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