New books


Education, training and employment dynamics

transitional labour markets in the European Union

Klaus Schömann og Philip J. O'Connell

Cheltenham, Edward Elgar, 2002, 388 s. ; (Labour markets and employment policy) ; ISBN 1-84064-278-5
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Education and training are of critical importance to individual employment prospects. This book questions whether the policies that govern education, training and employment actually facilitate or inhibit social integration.

The authors analyze initial entry into the labor market and subsequent movements between employers, and explore links between education, training and the labor market. The book argues that although education is a good predictor of labor market integration and employment potential, and despite political efforts, social background nevertheless remains influential. The importance of continued training to improve opportunities for promotion is also demonstrated.

The volume draws on economic, sociological and political science research to examine the potential for lifelong learning to enhance social integration, and new theories and evidence on the transitional labor market of learning and working are discussed. A wide range of European countries are also analyzed using data from the European Community Household Panel surveys (ECHP), as well as national enterprise-level surveys and case studies.

Education, Training and Employment Dynamics will be welcomed by a varied audience; economists will find the challenge to human capital theory inspiring, and sociologists are offered a new approach to life course research, while political scientists will find an interesting study of multi-level policy making in the EU.

About the Author
Klaus Schömann, Senior Research Fellow, the Social Science Research Center Berlin, (WZB), Germany and Philip J. O'Connell, Senior Research Officer, Economic and Social Research Institute, Dublin, Ireland