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Human Capital Over The Life Cycle

A European Perspective

Catherine Sofer

Edward Elgar 2004 224 s. ISBN 1 84376 067 3
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‘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), Finland

‘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 policymakers.’
– Claudio Lucifora, Università Cattolica, Italy

Human 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 working career.

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 Europe.

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