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Evidence of Returns to Education Among Roma in Central and Eastern Europe and Their Policy Implications

  • Susanne Milcher

    (United Nations Development Programme, Regional Centre Bratislava, Slovakia)

  • Katarína Zigová

    (United Nations Industrial Development Organization, Vienna, Austria.)

In this paper we analyze specific educational issues faced by Roma households using data from the UNDP/ILO survey conducted in Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania and Slovakia in 2001. Roma situation is characterized by poverty, low educational achievements, and consequently limited employment opportunities. We believe that the core of this trap is insufficient education, nonpreparedness for entry into the labormarket of amarket economy. This is demonstrated by the existence of vital returns to education estimated for Roma households throughout the region. The patterns are similar over the whole region and hence the need for a systematic and common education policy of Roma is both necessary and beneficial.

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Article provided by University of Primorska, Faculty of Management Koper in its journal Managing Global Transitions.

Volume (Year): 3 (2005)
Issue (Month): 1 ()
Pages: 51-69

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