The aim of the project is to empirically assess the costs and benefits of school closures enacted in response to the spread of COVID-19. Benefits are measured by the contribution of the interventions to reduce the number of infections. The considered costs result from learning gaps suffered by children of different socio-economic groups (paying special attention to vulnerable children) and the implications for educational inequality.

Selected Publications

Monographs, Contributions to Edited Volumes

Neidhöfer, Guido (2020), Long run consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic on social inequality, in: United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) New York,. Download

Discussion and Working Papers

Bach, Maximilian, Guido Neidhöfer, Sarah McNamara and Friedhelm Pfeiffer (2020), Rethinking Schooling, On the effects of school closures on the competence development of primary school children and the need for equality in education provision, ZEW expert brief No. 20-13, Mannheim. Download

Ben Yahmed, Sarra, Lorenzo Cappellari, Daniele Checchi, Miles Corak, Stephen Jenkins, Guido Neidhöfer, Michèle Tertilt and Mariano Tommasi (2020), COVID-19 and Inequality, ZEW policy brief No. 20-05, Mannheim. Download