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CEE/Education and skills discussion paper

Education and Mobility


We show that the length of compulsory education has a causal impact on regional labour mobility. The analysis is based on a quasi-exogenous staged Norwegian school reform, and register data on the whole population. Based on the results, we conclude that part of the US-Europe difference, as well as the European North-South difference in labour mobility, is likely to be due to differences in levels of education in the respective regions.


Stephen Machin, Panu Pelkonen and Kjell Salvanes

December 2008     Paper Number CEEDP0100

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This CEE/Education and skills discussion paper is published under the centre's Education and skills programme, Education and skills programme.