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Seminar Public Finance (MW23.4): Education over the life-cycle

Content of the Seminar

The seminar will deal with recent research on the economics of education. It covers topics on education over the whole life-cycle starting from early childhood education to adult education.

In the last couple of years, the literature on the economics of education research has rapidly grown as new economic methods entered the education field and more data on education became available. From pre-school education over primary and secondary education and tertiary education to adult education (vocational and on the job training), researchers study the determinants of cognitive and non-cognitive skills. Thereby, they contribute to education policy-making. (As an introduction to the literature of the economics of education, you might read: Dearden, L., S. Machin and A. Vignoles (2009): "Economics of education research: a review and future prospects", Oxford Review of Education 35(5), 617-632.)

Please note that you will have to read and understand original research papers as a part of this course. Many of these papers employ econometric techniques, and a basic understanding of econometrics, especially of regression analysis, is necessary. If you have not taken any econometrics courses before, we recommend taking "Empirical Methods" (MW24.1) first.


Timeframe

January 2018
Central registration
5 Feb 2018
(1pm, Room: SR 309)
For those students allocated to this seminar: Meeting and presentation of topics -->Slides
9 Feb 2018
Choice of preferred topics and a preferred start date (see next item). The preferences serve as the basis for the allocation of topics.
20 Feb 2018 to
20 March 2018
Start of your individual writing period.

You can choose to receive your topic on any Tuesday between February 20 and March 20. After receiving your topic, you have 5 weeks to complete a first version of your seminar paper. The paper will then be refereed by another student within 1 week. After receiving the referee report you have 2 more weeks to improve your paper on the basis of the referee's comments.
17 April 2018 to
15 May 2018
Submission of the final version of your seminar paper (by email to your supervisor).
Soon after
Time plan for the seminar (incl. allocation of discussants)
End of May / beginning June
Seminar (blocked): 
Thursday, May 31
Tuesday, June 05
Friday, June 08

Requirements

Basic knowledge of econometrics is required. For example, you should be fine if you attended Empirical Methods (MW24.1) or a similar class at another university / in your BA program.


Guidelines

Guidelines for Seminar Papers and Final Papers

Questions for Referee Reports

Guidelines fo Seminar Presentations and Discussions


Schedule for Seminar Sessions

Time
Presenter
Topic
Discussant
Slides 
Thursday, 31 May 2018
12.00
Brixhilda Gula 
VO1 The effect of vocational vs. General education on economics growth
Oluwajuwon Mayomi Akanbi
pdf
12.50 Lucia Natalicchio
VO2 Wages over the life-cycle: vocational vs. general education
Jing Wang
pdf
13.40
BREAK
13.55
Alessandro Sardone
VO3 Employment over the life-cycle: vocation vs. general education
Sami Murati
pdf
14.45
Thi Van Anh Nguyen
PS3 School autonomy and educational outcomes
Anastasiia Chorna
pdf
15.35
BREAK
15.50
Muhammad Hammad Noon
PS4 School accountability and educational outcomes
Francesco-Saverio Lenzi
pdf
16.40
Karean Witteborn
PS5 Schooling in developing countries (Conditional Cash Transfer Programs)
Chun Wai Ho
pdf
17.30
END
Tuesday, 5 Juni 2018
12.00
Shahin Amirov
PS7 School Tracking
Thi Thao Suong Nguyen
pdf
12.50
Peikun Yuan
PS8 Peer effects in schools and universities 
Brixhilda Gula 
pdf
13.40
BREAK
13.50
Carlos Alberto Prieto Valero
PS9 Performance incentives for teachers and student outcomes
Lucia Natalicchio
pdf
14.40
Echezona Samuel Mgbecheta
PS10 Effects of affirmative action in higher education
Alessandro Sardone
pdf
15.30
BREAK
15.40
Albert Jaladyan
PS11 Personality, individual preferences and educational choice 
Thi Van Anh Nguyen
pdf
16.30
END
Friday, 8 June 2018
8.15
Oluwajuwon Mayomi Akanbi
PS6 Class-size and the effect of school resources
Muhammad Hammad Noon
pdf
9.05
Jing Wang
PI1 The effect of parental education and child outcomes I
Karean Witteborn
pdf
9.55
BREAK
10.10
Sami Murati
PI2 The effect of parental education and child outcomes II
Shahin Amirov
pdf
11.00
Anastasiia Chorna 
PI3 Intergenerational transmission of entrepreneurial skills 
Peikun Yuan
pdf
11.50
BREAK
13.00
Francesco-Saverio Lenzi
PI4 Migration background and school outcomes
Albert Jaladyan
pdf
13.50
Chun Wai Ho 
AS1 The relationship between skills and wages: cross-country differences  
Echezona Samuel Mgbecheta 
pdf
14.40
BREAK
14.50
Thi Thao Suong Nguyen
AS2 The effect of adult skills on economic growth
Carlos Alberto Prieto Valero
 
15.40
END


Topics

Child development during the early childhood:

  • Child care
  • Effect of pre-primary education on primary school performance

Child development during primary and secondary school:

  • Entrepreneurial education (primary and high school) and outcomes
  • School vouchers and educational outcomes
  • School autonomy and educational outcomes
  • School accountability and educational outcomes
  • Schooling in developing countries (Conditional Cash Transfer Programs)
  • Class-size and the effect of school resources
  • School Tracking
  • Peer effects in schools and universities
  • Performance incentives for teachers and student outcomes
  • Effects of affirmative action in higher education
  • Personality, individual preferences and educational choice

Vocational vs. general education:

  • The effect of vocational vs. general education on economic growth
  • Wages over the life-cycle: vocational vs. general education
  • Employment over the life-cycle: vocational vs. general education

Adult skills

  • The relationship between skills and wages: cross-country differences
  • The effect of adult skills on economic growth

Parental influences on children

  • Nature vs. nurture debate
  • Effect of parental education and child outcomes
  • Intergenerational transmission of entrepreneurial skills
  • Migration background and school outcomes