Edward Elgar 2004 224 s. ISBN 1 84376 067 3
Bogomtale fra forlaget.
‘This book makes
a novel contribution to economics of education in several key respects. It
highlights a broad number of crucial factors over the individual’s life cycle
that underlie inequalities in education and in the labour market. . . It is
amazing how limited our knowledge is about these interactions despite their high
priority in national as well as EU-level policy-making. This is a timely book
concerned with topics of high policy relevance. Moreover, the authors have well
succeeded in their attempt to write "in a style that makes this work accessible
to a wider audience", using the editor’s words. It is most important that
academics as well as politicians are made aware of the considerable knowledge
gaps that still prevail in our understanding of the role of education and
training for the individual’s success or failure in school and in working life.’
– Rita Asplund, The Research Institute of the Finnish Economy (ETLA),
‘In the last decade, changes occurring in the demand for skills
have produced significant effect on the functioning of labour markets in Europe
and elsewhere. The challenge posed by a knowledge based society for sustained
growth has been at the centre of the European strategy for employment and has
important implications for the design of labour market policies. This book
brings together a wide range of contributions written by leading experts on key
issues such as: schooling systems, transition from school to work and lifelong
learning, thereby providing an essential reference for both researchers and
– Claudio Lucifora, Università Cattolica, Italy
Capital Over the Life Cycle synthesises comparative research on the processes of
human capital formation in the areas of education and training in Europe, in
relation to the labour market.
The book proposes that one of the most
important challenges faced by Europe today is to understand the link between
education and training on the one hand and economic and social inequality on the
other. The authors focus the analysis on three main aspects of the links between
education and social inequality: educational inequality, differences in access
to labour markets and differences in lifelong earnings and training. Almost all
the stages in the life cycle are tracked from early childhood to stages late in
the working life: firstly the characteristics and effects of schooling systems,
then the transitions from school to work and, finally, human capital and the
Academics and researchers of European studies, labour
economics and the economics of education will all find this novel and
analytically sound book of interest, as will sociologists and policymakers in
Contents: Introduction Part I: Schooling Systems 1. The Economics of Early
Childhood Education: A Survey 2. The Economic Impact of Schooling Resources 3.
An Economist’s View of Schooling Systems Part II: Transitions from School to
Work 4. School-Leaving and Unemployment: Evidence from Spain and the UK 5. Early
Career Experiences and Later Career Success: An International Comparison 6.
Apprenticeship versus Vocational School: A Comparison of Performances Part III:
Human Capital and the Work Carrier 7. Employer Provided Training within the
European Union: A Comparative Review 8. Labour Contracts and Economic
Performance: Spain and France 9. Education, Gender and Labour Mobility
Contributors include: J. Cañada Vicinay, N. Damoiselet, R. Davies, S.
Dobbelsteen, P. Dolton, P. Elias, W. Groot, G. Lassibille, R. Levacic, L.
Lévy-Garboua, H. Maassen van den Brink, D. Margolis, S. Mendès, N. van Mierlo,
L. Navarro-Gomez, B. Petrolongo, E. Plug, K.G. Salvanes, M.J. San Segundo, V.
Simonnet, C. Sofer, M. Sollogoub, A. Vignoles, L. Vilhuber