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.
Edited by Catherine Sofer, TEAM, Universite Paris I - Pantheon-Sorbonne, France
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 Career 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 Index