Cohesion and the Supply of General Skills in Europe

Giorgia Brunello, Pietro Garibaldi, Etienne Wasmer

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This chapter examines the evolution of skills provided by schooling systems across Europe, with emphasis on primary and secondary schooling. Important questions addressed in this chapter include: what the European countries get for their resource investments, that is, what skills are provided by these schooling systems; how these general skills have evolved over time; and the implication of the evolution of skills for wage inequality. The US is used as a benchmark, and data from a selection of European countries are presented. IT should be noted that the actual selection of European countries is mostly determined by the availability of data. Skills are first analysed in the oldest cohort and then for successively younger cohorts. Basic skills brought to the labour market by successive cohorts born from 1935 until 1970 are explored, along with skills for those still in schools. Finally, the relationship between skills and wage inequality across countries is examined.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEducation and Training in Europe
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780191705786
ISBN (Print)9780199210978
StatePublished - May 17 2007


  • Cohesion
  • Education
  • Equality
  • European education
  • Skills
  • Student/teacher ratios
  • Wage inequality

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Economics, Econometrics and Finance


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