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Education and training in Europe

Giorgio Brunello, Pietro Garibaldi og Etienne Wasmer

Oxford University Press 2007, 400 s. ISBN 9780199210978
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* Asks key questions about education and training in the enlarged EU
* Compares the USA and EU educational and training systems
* Discusses which policies will make existing educational systems and training more effective in meeting the demands of the modern labour market

While Europe is certainly one of the richest and most educated areas of the world, some of the challenges faced by the old continent are staggering: low economic growth, structural difficulties in the labour market, and increasing international competition. Politicians and policymakers may advocate different means of overcoming the potential economic decline of Europe, but most agree that Europe needs to strengthen human capital, its ultimate competitive advantage in the world economy.

This book looks at the accumulation of human capital from two perspectives, first through formal education and then professional training. It provides a useful summary of the key characteristics of education and training in Europe and also asks key questions about the fundamental problems with the current educational and training systems. More importantly, the book goes on to discuss which policies are necessary to make existing education and training systems more efficient, while also making higher skills available to a wider range of people.

Readership: Academics, graduate students, and policymakers interested in public economics, growth, and education.

Introduction , Pietro Garibaldi
Part I The Macroeconomics of Education Etienne Wasmer, Peter Fredriksson, Ana Lamo, Julián Messina and Giovanni Peri
1. Theory and Facts
Part A- Education Priorities: Growth vs. Cohesion
2. Cohesion and the Supply of General Skills in Europe
3. Higher Education, Innovation, and Growth
Part B- The Margins of Improvement in Education Institutions: Skill Mismatch, Skill Portability, and Mobility
4. Internal Mobility, Skills, and Education
5. Skill Mismatch and Over-qualification in the Enlarged Europe
6. Specificity of Skills and Reallocation
7. Policy Implications
Part II Workplace Training in Europe Andrea Bassanini, Alison Booth, Giorgio Brunello, Maria De Paola, and Edwin Leuven
8. Introduction
9. An Overview of the Theoretical Framework
10. Stylised Facts About Workplace Training
11. Training and Labour Market Institutions
12. The Costs and Benefits of Workplace Training
13. Is There Scope for Policy?
Final Remarks

Authors, editors, and contributors

Edited by Giorgio Brunello, University of Padua,
Pietro Garibaldi, Fondazione Rodolfo DeBenedetti and University of Turin, and
Etienne Wasmer, Université du Québec à Montréal
Contributors:Andrea Bassanini, OECD and EPEE-University of Paris XIII
Giuseppe Bertola, University of Turin
Alison Booth, Australian National University and University of Essex
Giorgio Brunello, University of Padua
Maria De Paola, Calabria University
Juan J. Dolado, Universidad Carlos III
Peter Fredriksson, Uppsala University
Pietro Garibaldi, Fondazione Rodolfo DeBenedetti and University of Turin
Daniel Gros, Centre for European Policy Studies
Ana Lamo, European Central Bank
Edwin Leuven, University of Amsterdam and CREST
John Martin, OECD
Julián Messina, European Central Bank
Giovanni Peri, University of California, Davis
Steve Pischke, London School of Economics
Etienne Wasmer, Université du Québec à Montréal