"Catch the Train: Skills, Education and Jobs":
Together with the European Commission’s DG Education and Culture and the European Expert Network on Economics of Education (EENEE), the Center for Research in Lifelong Learning (CRELL) of the JRC is organizing the International Conference “Catch the Train: Skills, Education and Jobs" conference, at Tour Madou, Brussels (BE), on Monday 20th and Tuesday 21st June 2011.
DG EAC, Tour Madou, Brussels, 20-21 June 2011
This international conference responds to a request formulated by the Education Council to the European Commission to propose a benchmark on the role of education and training for employability. Employability is a key concept of the Europe 2020 flagship initiative “Youth on the move” and is also related to the flagship initiative "An Agenda for new skills and jobs". In this context prominent scholars (from Europe and USA) will foster the exchange of knowledge and research findings in the field of employability around three main thematic axes:
- The role of Education and Training (E&T) systems in the preparation for employment;
- School-to-work transitions; and
- Maintenance and upgrading of employability.
Within each of these three axes scholars are specifically invited to address the challenges for the education and training institutions, the challenges for the labor market and potential solutions towards a skills’ demand-supply equilibrium.
The first day of the conference is dedicated to presentations and discussions on policy evaluation and successful experiences of the contribution of Education and Training systems to the preparation for employment (session 1) and to ensure an efficient transition to the labour market (session 2).
Welcome and Introduction
Dominique Ristori (EC, DG JRC Director General)
Xavier Prats Monne (EC, DG EAC Deputy Director General)
Keynote speaker: Eric Hanushek (Stanford University, CA) Paper Ppt Part 1 Ppt Part 2
Discussant: Kjell G. Salvanes (NHH, NBER and IZA)
Session 1: Successful school-to-work transitions
Sadiq Kwesi Boateng (EUROSTAT) Paper Ppt
Patrizia Luongo (University of Bari) Paper Ppt
Chair and discussant: Béatrice D’Hombres (DG JRC-CRELL)
Session 2: Preparation for employment: the specific role of Education and Training systems
Erich Battistin (University of Padova and IRVAPP) Paper Ppt
Kjell G. Salvanes (NHH, NBER and IZA)
Peter Z. Schochet (University of Princeton, NJ and Mathematica Policy Research, Washington, DC) Paper Ppt
Chair and discussant: Daniele Checchi (University of Milan and IZA)
16.30 - 16.45
Information on the Conference dinner
20.30 CONFERENCE DINNER
The second day of the conference is dedicated to presentations and discussions on the continuous role of E&T systems for the maintenance and upgrading of employability throughout the career (session 1) and on the mechanisms underlying the necessary equilibrium between skills supply and skills demand (session 2).
Introduction to second day by Georg Fischer (EC, DG EMPL A Director)
Keynote speaker: David Neumark (UCI Economics Faculty, Irvine, CA) Paper Ppt Part 1 Ppt Part 2 Ppt Part 3
Discussant: Peer Ederer (Lisbon Council)
Session 1: Continuous skills upgrade for maintaining and upgrading employability
Eve Caroli (Paris School of Economics and IZA) Paper Ppt
Anders Stenberg (Stockholm University SOFI) Paper Ppt
Christelle Garrouste (EC JRC-CRELL) Ppt
Chair: Giorgio Brunello (University of Padoa, IZA and Cesifo)
Session 2: How to match skills demand with skills supply?
Giorgio Brunello (University of Padoa, IZA and Cesifo) Paper Ppt
Daniele Checchi (University of Milan and IZA) Paper Ppt
Richard Desjardins (OECD and DPU) Paper Ppt
Marco Leonardi (University of Milan and IZA) Paper Ppt
Chair: Lucie Davoine (EC, DG EAC A1).
Brainstorming Session - Supply and Demand for Skills:
- challenges for the education and training institutions
- challenges for the labour market
- challenges for the European Commission
Chair: Maria Margarida Gameiro (EC, DG EAC A2 and A4, Head of Unit).
Conclusions and closure of the conference
Chair: Jan Truszczynski (EC, DG EAC Director General)