Socioeconomic Inequalities and Academic Achievement in Spain
How does socioeconomic inequality affect the academic progress of students? Using recent data we analyse the case of Spain and how it compares with the rest of Europe.
“There is no real evidence to say this will be the first generation not to reach the standard of living of its parents”
Does education really remove social barriers? Robert Erikson analyses the degree of social mobility in advanced democracies.
“Our children are perfectly at home on YouTube, but they have no idea how a vacuum cleaner works”
José van Dijck reflects on how the major internet platforms are determining how we communicate, buy, and even how we behave.
Public and private universities: evolution of productivity and impact of the crisis
How has the economic crisis affected the productivity of universities? This article explains how public centres have reorganised their resources better than private centres and have shown greater efficiency.
Limitations to the training of human capital and possibilities of economic growth and social wellbeing
What is the rate for early leaving of education and training by sex? The Europe 2020 Strategy has a target of 15%.
“We have undervalued the importance of personal interrelations in education”
Alan Daly, Chair Professor of Education at the University of California, offers in this interview granted to the Social Observatory of "la Caixa” a view of the role of personal relations in the world of education, in which he highlights the concept of social capital.
Overqualification and unemployment in young people. Pathways to employment of university graduates
The economic crisis experienced by Spain has led to increasing numbers of young people opting to prolong their education given the lack of job prospects. This fact has caused overqualification among young people and the consolidation of unemployment.
Educational expansion and the partial devaluation of credentials
Jorge Rodríguez Menés, Professor of Political and Social Sciences,
Universitat Pompeu Fabra;
Has mass access of Spaniards to intermediate and higher education been associated with a deterioration in the quality of educational qualifications, as some international bodies have warned?
The Social Elevator
Despite its perception in recent years, education continues to be a very effective vehicle for social promotion, as well as a more significant factor than social origin in providing access to the professional classes.