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Equality of opportunity:

Place du Congrès 1, Brussels, Belgium

Equality of opportunity:

What role for educational policies?


Equality of opportunity is a widely shared ideal in Western societies. While most people are willing to reward hard work and effort, they strongly oppose differences in outcome due to predetermined circumstances, such as race, parental background or gender. Against this backdrop and in light of increasing social tensions during the Covid-19 crisis, it is of the utmost importance to develop a policy agenda that levels the playing field and puts people in a position to pursue their life goals irrespective of their background.

In this panel debate, we will discuss the role of educational policies throughout the life cycle, from early childhood to adult learning. Which features of current educational systems and of social investment policies are the biggest inhibitors to equal opportunities? What are the most promising policy changes that we see today? How does the Covid-19 crisis affect educational opportunities and what can we learn from the policy responses of the different EU member states?

Arnaud Lefranc and Larissa Zierow will share insights from their work on the IMCHILD research project. Sara Baiocco will complement the discussion with her experience working on adult learning policies.


This event is co-organised by EconPol & CEPS:


The event will be hosted via Zoom. Open to all public. Please register on this page to participate.

The zoom link + password will be shared with you nearer to the event.

Cinzia Alcidi Cinzia Alcidi
Cinzia Alcidi

Director of Research

Speakers list
Arnaud Lefranc

Professor of Economics, Université de Cergy-Pontoise

Larissa Zierow

Deputy Director, ifo Center for the Economics of Education

Sara Baiocco

Researcher, CEPS

Jennifer Baker

Journalist, BrusselsGeek