The Speed of Educational Expansion and Changes in Inequality of Educational Opportunity

  • Pia N. BlossfeldEmail author
  • Gwendolin J. Blossfeld
  • Hans-Peter Blossfeld


Using PIAAC data, this paper studies the relationship between the speed of the process of educational expansion and the change in inequality of educational opportunity in 22 industrialized countries. Our empirical results suggest that rapid educational expansion can help to achieve more educational equality. If the pie is getting larger quickly, there is less conflict over the relative size of the slices.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Pia N. Blossfeld
    • 1
    Email author
  • Gwendolin J. Blossfeld
    • 2
  • Hans-Peter Blossfeld
    • 3
  1. 1.Nuffield College OxfordOxfordGroßbritannien
  2. 2.Leibniz Institute for Educational Trajectories BambergBambergDeutschland
  3. 3.European University InstituteSan Domenico di FiesoleItalien

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