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The State of University Policy for Progress in Europe

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  • Hoareau, Cécile

    ()
    (Maastricht University)

  • Ritzen, Jo

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    (IZA and Maastricht University)

  • Marconi, Gabriele

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    (Maastricht University)

Abstract

Higher education contributes to economic innovation. This study measures and compares the extent to which national governments’ policies foster this contribution across Europe. The study stresses the relevance of policies which are ‘empowering’ for higher education institutions, or in other words provide them with appropriate resources and regulatory environments. The assessment relies on quantitative scores, based on the contribution of policies regarding funding and autonomy to higher education performance in education, research and economic innovation, using non-arbitrary weights and eighteen policy indicators across 32 European countries. A large number of countries belong to a ‘middle group’ in our overall assessment, indicating a relative cohesion in Europe. Yet, substantial variations exist in terms of higher education policy in Europe, each European country having room for policy improvement.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Policy Papers with number 51.

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Length: 44 pages
Date of creation: Dec 2012
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Handle: RePEc:iza:izapps:pp51

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Keywords: higher education; research; innovation; Europe; public policy; institutions;

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  1. Jo Ritzen & Cecile Hoareau, 2013. "Equal Opportunity and Life-long Learning: The Future of Higher Education in Germany is Only Secure with Major Policy Changes," CESifo DICE Report, Ifo Institute for Economic Research at the University of Munich, vol. 11(2), pages 28-34, 07.
  2. Ritzen, Jo & Zimmermann, Klaus F., 2013. "A Vibrant European Labor Market with Full Employment," IZA Policy Papers 73, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).

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