The undergraduate admissions process at elite universities, owing to its implications for socioeconomic mobility, is subjected to significant public scrutiny in the UK.
Do elite universities admit the academically best students?
Debopam Bhattacharya, 13 April 2013
The trend reversal in income inequality and returns to education: How bad is this good news for Latin America?
Augusto de la Torre, Julián Messina, 7 March 2013
Latin America witnessed unprecedented economic and social achievements during the last decade. In particular, the year 2003 appears as an important inflexion point for the region’s economic history, a point that we have highlighted in several World Bank publications1.
The long-run gains of not mixing genders in high-school classes
Massimo Anelli, Giovanni Peri, 23 February 2013
Gender gap in college majors and earnings
The reduction of school days in Japan increased educational inequality
Daiji Kawaguchi, 2 February 2013
One of the major objectives of compulsory education is to assure uniform educational opportunities for all children regardless of their socioeconomic background. For that reason, most advanced countries provide compulsory education as well as textbooks free of charge.
Simon Commander, Alexander Plekhanov, 29 January 2013
Russia aims to diversify its economy, thereby moving away from its dependence on oil and gas. Despite much political rhetoric, our research (European Bank for Reconstruction and Development 2012) indicates that, to date, relatively little has been achieved. Oil and gas still account for nearly 70% of total merchandise exports and around a half of the federal budget.
The expansion and convergence of compulsory schooling: Lessons for developing countries
Fabrice Murtin, Martina Viarengo , 18 January 2013
One goal of the UN’s Millennium Declaration is “achieving universal primary education” by 2015 (UN 2012). Yet, according to recent statistics, 61 million children of primary school age are not enrolled in school (UNESCO 2012), and 12% do not complete primary education (World Bank 2012).
The impact of immigration on the educational attainment of natives
Jennifer Hunt, 17 November 2012
The increase in wage inequality in a large number of developed countries has heightened the importance of ensuring all children complete at least an apprenticeship or 12 years of high school.
Who lives longer?
Josep Pijoan-Mas, Víctor Ríos-Rull, 30 September 2012
Economists have long been worried about income inequality and its effects on welfare. For instance, workers with a college degree earn on average much more than those who did not complete high school. This disparity translates into large differences in consumption levels and hence welfare (see, for instance, Heathcote et al. 2010).
What’s the use of economics? Introduction to the Vox debate
Diane Coyle, 19 September 2012
This column is a lead commentary in the VoxEU Debate "What's the use of economics?"
Games on Networks
Matthew O. Jackson, Yves Zenou, 9 September 2012
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