Iván Torre on Educational mobility in Europe and Central Asia

WIDER Seminar Series

Iván Torre on Educational mobility in Europe and Central Asia

Iván Torre presents at the WIDER Seminar Series on 19 October 2023.

Educational mobility in Europe and Central Asia


Intergenerational mobility in education is important to reduce talent misallocation in societies. This paper provides estimates of the oriented mobility measures developed by Foster and Rothbaum, which overcome limitations faced by more commonly used indicators. It applies them to different rounds of the Life in Transition Survey (2010, 2016, and 2022-23), covering more than 40 countries in Europe, Central Asia, Middle East and North Africa. It finds that intergenerational education mobility has been decreasing across generations except for the Middle East and North Africa, where it has increased for the youngest generations. These findings point to the limits many countries may find when transition to an innovation-led growth, for which the countries need to make the best use of their population’s talent.

About the presenter

Ivan Torre is a senior economist at the World Bank Office of the Chief Economist for Europe and Central Asia.

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