The current European Expert Network on Economics of Education (EENEE) can soon look back at 13 years of excellent advice and support for the European Commission, Directorate-General for Education and Culture (DG EAC). The network provided analyses regarding educational policies and reforms and their implications at the national, regional and European levels. In doing so, it has accumulated substantial experience in supporting European-level policy-making with trustworthy state-of-the-art knowledge and expertise about the economics of education. With the current project, the EENEE network responds to the call for tender to perform the requested services for another maximum length of four years.
The proposed network is jointly coordinated by the Ifo Institute and CEPS, which brings its valuable expertise and experience in European policy matters. CEPS is taking over the administrative coordination of the project and the scientific coordination with the support of the Ifo Institute.
The current members of the EENEE Network offer a broad geographic and thematic coverage and bring their unequalled experience both in performing outstanding academic research and in providing high-level policy advice in the economics of education and training in Europe.
In serving as a think tank on European economics of education, the network hopes to contribute to creating a true European research area in the economics of education, establishing centres of excellence on economic aspects of education. EENEE is dedicated to creating an exchange platform for education economists in Europe, as well as an easily accessible information device for policymakers, journalists, and other people interested in the economics of education in Europe. It is particularly hoped that the undertaking can contribute to extending the empirical knowledge in the field relevant for the European countries. This would feed into the big opportunity provided by European – as opposed to national – research, in that cross-country European research enables the exploitation of institutional variations between the European countries in order both to analyse potential underlying reasons for differing performance and to learn from each other in terms of revealed best educational practice.