Mapping the European regional educational distribution

Rodriguez-Pose, Andrés and Tselios, Vassilis (2011) Mapping the European regional educational distribution. European Urban and Regional Studies, 18, (4), 358-374. (doi:10.1177/0969776411399345).


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The geography of education, especially at subnational level, is a huge black box. Little is known about the distribution of educational attainment and inequality across regions in Europe. This paper addresses this gap in the literature by mapping educational attainment and inequality in 102 regions in Western Europe, using data extracted from the European Community Household Panel (ECHP) covering more than 100,000 individuals over the period 1995-2000. The results of this Exploratory Spatial Data Analysis (ESDA) reveal a strong correlation between levels of educational attainment and inequality across regions in Europe. Regions with similar educational conditions tend to cluster, often within national borders. In addition, a North-South and an urban-rural dimension are evident. Northern regions and large European metropoli have not only the most-educated labour force but also the lowest levels of inequality. Educational inequality seems to be, in any case, a fundamentally within-region phenomenon: 90 percent of the educational inequality in Europe occurs among individuals living in the same region.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1177/0969776411399345
ISSNs: 0969-7764 (print)
Keywords: educational attainment, educational inequality, Europe, EU north–south divide, exploratory spatial data analysis, regions, urbanization
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
Divisions : Faculty of Social and Human Sciences > Geography and Environment > Economy, Society & Space
ePrint ID: 340924
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
October 2011Published
25 May 2011Made publicly available
Date Deposited: 06 Jul 2012 13:34
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 14:31

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