The determinants of regional educational inequality in Western Europe

Rodríguez-Pose, Andrés and Tselios, Vassilis (2011) The determinants of regional educational inequality in Western Europe. In, Nijkamp, Peter and Siedschlag, Iulia (eds.) Innovation, Growth and Competitiveness. Berlin, DE, Springer, 135-163. (Advances in Spatial Science). (doi:10.1007/978-3-642-14965-8_7).


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This chapter provides an empirical study of the determinants of educational inequality across regions of the EU. Using the European Community Household Panel dataset for 102 regions over the period 1995-2000, it analyses how microeconomic changes in income distribution as well as in educational attainment affect educational inequality. The different static and dynamic panel data analyses conducted reveal the complexity of the interaction between income and education. Educational attainment seems to curb the increase in educational inequality. While the impact of income per capita is unclear, the relationship between income inequality and educational inequality is positive and robust to the model specification. Other results indicate that women's access to work has a negative impact on inequality and that there is an EU North South and urban rural divide. Educational inequality is lower in social-democratic welfare states, in mainly Orthodox areas, and in regions with North/Central family structures. All the results are robust to changes in the definition of income distribution.

Item Type: Book Section
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1007/978-3-642-14965-8_7
ISBNs: 9783642149641 (hardback)
9783642149658 (electronic)
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Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
Divisions : Faculty of Social and Human Sciences > Geography and Environment > Economy, Society & Space
ePrint ID: 340912
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Date Deposited: 11 Jul 2012 09:14
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 14:31

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