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Public Policy and Inequality in Higher Education

Dates:
  • Tue 13 Feb 2018 14.00 - 16.00
  Add to Calendar 2018-02-13 14:00 2018-02-13 16:00 Europe/Paris Public Policy and Inequality in Higher Education

Policy-makers are increasingly looking for ways to reduce inequality in higher education. But what is the size of this problem? How does public policy affect inequality, if it at all? And what actually works to reduce inequality? In this thesis, which combines four empirical papers around this topic, I define inequality as the parental background effect on access to and completion of higher education. The broad goal, then, is to better understand how public policy affects intergenerational inequality.

I use a variety of data sources and research methods to provide an answer. Cross-sectional population surveys are analyzed to provide a descriptive picture of inequality in Europe. I also use research findings as data, by doing a systematic literature review on the current state of the evidence. I analyse government register data to better understand the effect of policy changes in England. To analyse the dynamics of completion, I use administrative data as well as the administrative archives from the European University Institute

Seminar Room 4, Badia Fiesolana DD/MM/YYYY
  Seminar Room 4, Badia Fiesolana

Policy-makers are increasingly looking for ways to reduce inequality in higher education. But what is the size of this problem? How does public policy affect inequality, if it at all? And what actually works to reduce inequality? In this thesis, which combines four empirical papers around this topic, I define inequality as the parental background effect on access to and completion of higher education. The broad goal, then, is to better understand how public policy affects intergenerational inequality.

I use a variety of data sources and research methods to provide an answer. Cross-sectional population surveys are analyzed to provide a descriptive picture of inequality in Europe. I also use research findings as data, by doing a systematic literature review on the current state of the evidence. I analyse government register data to better understand the effect of policy changes in England. To analyse the dynamics of completion, I use administrative data as well as the administrative archives from the European University Institute


Location:
Seminar Room 4, Badia Fiesolana

Affiliation:
Department of Political and Social Sciences

Type:
Thesis defence

Supervisor:
Prof. Hans-Peter Blossfeld (Otto-Friedrich-Universität Bamberg)

Examiner:
Prof. Fabrizio Bernardi
Prof. Herman Van de Werfhorst (University of Amsterdam)
Prof Carlo Barone (Sciences Po)

Contact:
Adele Ines Battistini (EUI - Department of Political and Social Sciences) - Send a mail

Defendant:
Koen Geven (EUI - Department of Political and Social Sciences)
 
 

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