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Mapping the European regional educational distribution

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Vassilis Tselios


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The geography of education, especially at subnational level, is a huge black box. Little is known about the distribution of educational attainment and inequality across regions in Europe. This paper addresses this gap in the literature by mapping educational attainment and inequality in 102 regions in Western Europe, using data extracted from the European Community Household Panel (ECHP) covering more than 100,000 individuals over the period 1995-2000. The results of this Exploratory Spatial Data Analysis (ESDA) reveal a strong correlation between levels of educational attainment and inequality across regions in Europe. Regions with similar educational conditions tend to cluster, often within national borders. In addition, a North-South and an urban-rural dimension are evident. Northern regions and large European metropoli have not only the most-educated labour force but also the lowest levels of inequality. Educational inequality seems to be, in any case, a fundamentally within-region phenomenon: 90 percent of the educational inequality in Europe occurs among individuals living in the same region.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Tselios V; Rodriguez-Pose A

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: European Urban and Regional Studies

Year: 2011

Volume: 18

Issue: 4

Pages: 358-374

Print publication date: 25/05/2011

ISSN (print): 0969-7764

ISSN (electronic): 1461-7145

Publisher: Sage Publications Ltd.


DOI: 10.1177/0969776411399345


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