The aim of the project is to undertake an in-depth analysis of the interplay between educational expansion and wage inequality in Europe over the past few decades. The novelty of the research is that it analyses the underlying patterns and trends in both between-groups and within-groups wage inequality and looks for major policy-relevant explanations for the obtained findings. All the analysis is undertaken with respect to three dimensions: education level, birth cohort and gender. More information can be found on the project web site:

Selected Publications


Europäische Kommission (Targeted Socio-Economic Research) , Brüssel , BE

Project duration

01.11.2002 - 30.09.2005

Project members

Dr. Charlotte Lauer (Coordinator)
Dr. Andreas Ammermüller

Cooperation partner

Dr. Rita Asplund, The Research Institute of the Finnish Economy, Helsinki, FI
Prof. Panos Tsakloglou, Center for Economic Research and Environmental Strategy, Athen, GR
Prof. Claudio Lucifora, Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei, Mailand, IT
Prof. Pedro Telhado Pereira, Universidade da Madeira, Madeira, P
Dr. Ali Skalli, Université Panthéon-Assas Paris II, Paris, FR
Prof. Erling Barth, Institute for Social Research (ISF), Oslo, N
Prof. Carl le Grand, Swedish Institute for Social Research (SOFI), Stockholm University, Stockholm, S
Prof. Peter Dolton, Institute of Education, London, GB