2nd European Symposium (15-16 November 2005, Brussels)

“Efficiency and Equity in European Education and Training Systems”

In order to further highlight the use of economic analysis to draw policy recommendations in the field of education and training, the European Expert Network on Economics of Education (EENEE), supported by the Commission, held its 2nd Symposium on 15-16 November 2005, following the Education Council (14-15 November). The discussion provided a follow-up to the main concerns expressed by Ministers at their informal meeting on the "efficiency and equity of European education and training systems" in Brussels on February 21 as well as to the recent reorientations from the European Council for the revised Lisbon strategy and the modernisation of the European Social Model.

The aims of this 2nd Symposium were: to clarify conceptual and policy frameworks for future initiatives in the field of efficiency and equity; to further encourage the exchanges between policy-makers and researchers since the 1st Symposium (in line with the progress on efficiency and equity issues accomplished by the group and cluster dealing with the transversal objective 1.5 "Making best use of resources"); to provide a forum for the latest outcomes from research and to draw out promising proposals for the development of efficient and equitable human capital policies in the framework of E&T 2010 with a specific emphasis on the social dimension of European education and training systems. The 2nd Symposium also provided a forum for discussion of policy reforms implemented since Lisbon and research projects aiming at further improving the efficiency and equity of European education and training systems.

Below, you will find the programme of the symposium, with links to the presentations and papers. For a summary of the presentations and discussions, please click here.

2nd European Symposium on Economics of Education

"Efficiency and Equity in European Education and Training Systems"

Organized by the European Expert Network on Economics of Education (EENEE) on behalf of the European Commission

15-16 November 2005
Conference Centre Albert Borschette, Room 0D
36, Rue Froissard - Brussels


TUESDAY 15 NOVEMBER (14:00-18:00)

14:00-14:30 Introduction by Nikolaus van der Pas, Director-General DG EAC, and Ludger Woessmann, Coordinator EENEE [Speech given by Nikolaus van der Pas]


Chair 1: Jan Host Schmidt, Director (DG ECFIN)

14:30-15:15 Evaluations of educational interventions: Efficiency versus equity
Presenter: Steve Machin (LSE & UCL, United Kingdom) [Presentation]
Respondent: Rutger Kramer, Policy Advisor (Ministry of Education, The Netherlands) [Presentation]

15:15-16:00 PISA results: the absence of an automatic efficiency-equity trade-off
Presenter: Arvo Jäppinen, Director-General (Ministry of Education, Finland) [Presentation]
Respondent: Torberg Falch (Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway) [Presentation]

16:00-16:30 Coffee break (30 min.)

16:30-17:15 The role of choice and accountability for the efficiency and equity of schooling in countries in transition
Presenter: Daniel Münich (CERGE-EI, Czech Republic) [Presentation]
Respondent: Jerzy Wisniewski, Director (Ministry of Education, Poland) [Presentation]

Chair 2: Theodius Lennon, Director (DG RTD)

17:15-18:00 General discussion
Introduction on policy practices to improve performance and equality of treatment by David-Pascal Dion (DG EAC) [Presentation]

20:00 Dinner at the Renaissance Hotel


WEDNESDAY 16 NOVEMBER (9:00-17:45)


Chair 3: Aviana-Maria Bulgarelli, Director (CEDEFOP)

9:00-9:45 Evaluating teacher performance incentives while enhancing equity
Presenter: Victor Lavy (Hebrew University, Israel) [Presentation]
Respondent: Annelie Strååth (Ministry of Education, Research and Culture, Sweden) [Article] [Presentation]

9:45-10:30 Efficiency and equity of early interventions: The case of École Maternelle
Presenter: Bernadette Meurice, Inspectrice (Ministry of Education, Belgium French speaking community) [Presentation] [Summary]
Respondent: Hessel Oosterbeek (Amsterdam University, the Netherlands) [Presentation]

10:30-11:00 Coffee break (30 min.)

11:00-11:45 Teachers' training and students' outcomes: An efficiency-equity trade-off?
Presenter: Francis Kramarz (CREST-INSEE, France) [Article] [Presentation]
Respondent: Simon Field (OECD) [Presentation]

Chair 4: Costas Fotakis, Conseiller (DG EMPL)

11:45-12:30 General discussion
Introduction on policy practices to enhance quality and equality of outcomes by David-Pascal Dion (DG EAC) [Presentation]

12:30-14:00 Lunch break (90 min.)

14:00-14:15 Economic and social benefits of education and training
Presenter: Manfred Tessaring, Head of Research (CEDEFOP) [Presentation]


Chair 5: Antonis Kastrissianakis, Director (DG EMPL)

14:15-15:00 Productivity and equity aspects of vocational training
Presenter: John Elliott, Chief Economist (DfES, United Kingdom) [Presentation]
Respondent: Giorgio Brunello (Padoa University, Italy) [Presentation]

15:00-15:45 Policies for quality and access in the financing of higher education
Presenter: Nicholas Barr (London School of Economics, UK) [Article] [Presentation]
Respondent: Peter Mederly, Director General (Ministry of Education, Slovak Republic) [Presentation]

15:45-16:15 Coffee break (30 min.)

16:15-17:00 Integrative vocational training in the Austrian dual system
Presenter: Gabriele Schmid (Federal Ministry of Economics and Labour, Austria) [Presentation]
Respondent: Georges Psacharopoulos (EENEE, Greece) [Presentation]


17:00-17:30 General discussion
Introduction on policy practices to improve investment and widen access by David-Pascal Dion (DG EAC) [Presentation]

17:30-17:45 Conclusion by David Coyne, Director DG EAC, and Ludger Woessmann, Coordinator EENEE

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