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Outcomes and Causal Inference in International Comparative Assessments

Objective

The ETN OCCAM will investigate how educational policies influence educational outcomes worldwide. One of the most
salient findings in the field of education is that there are huge national differences in student achievement in international
comparative studies. The shockingly large gap between the highest performing countries (most of which are in East Asia)
and many European countries corresponds to a difference in attainment of two years of schooling. Although this finding has
been replicated in several studies, at present, the reasons for and consequences of such differences are not well
understood.
Variations in many features of educational policies can only be observed across countries on the system level (e.g., the
existence of central exams). Since the start of the new millennium, a new generation of international comparative studies
has been launched: studies like PISA and TIMSS are repeated every few years and thus have a longitudinal component at
the system level. Unlike cross-sectional designs, these trend designs allow the causal effects of changes in educational
policies at the system level to be estimated. Applying this approach, alongside other approaches to causal inference, to the
accumulated data from the comparative studies has a huge potential to provide insights into the determinants of educational
outcomes worldwide.
The ETN will provide an ideal environment for training ESRs to become leading experts in educational policy evaluation,
international student assessments, and educational and policy consulting. They will receive interdisciplinary and -
intersectoral training, and their individual research projects promise groundbreaking new knowledge on how to design fair
and efficient educational systems. For this purpose, OCCAM will integrate the complementary expertise from nine academic
and three non-academic partners. The combination of non-profit and for-profit organizations will ensure the employability and
entrepreneurship of the ESRs.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/entrepreneurship

Call for proposal

H2020-MSCA-ITN-2017
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Funding Scheme

MSCA-ITN-ETN - European Training Networks

Coordinator

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAT DORTMUND
Address
August Schmidt Strasse 4
44227 Dortmund
Germany
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 498 432,96

Participants (8)

GOETEBORGS UNIVERSITET
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 527 318,64
Address
Vasaparken
405 30 Goeteborg
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
IFO INSTITUT LEIBNIZ INSTITUT FUR WIRTSCHAFTSFORSCHUNG AN DER UNIVERSITAT MUNCHEN EV
Germany
EU contribution
€ 249 216,48
Address
Poschinger Strasse 5
81679 Muenchen
Activity type
Research Organisations
KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT LEUVEN
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 501 120
Address
Oude Markt 13
3000 Leuven
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
CITO BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 255 374,28
Address
Amsterdamweg 13
6814CM Arnhem
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
STICHTING I.E.A. SECRETARIAAT NEDERLAND
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 249 216,48
Address
Keizersgracht 311
1016 EE Amsterdam
Activity type
Research Organisations
UNIVERSITY OF CYPRUS
Cyprus
EU contribution
€ 482 758,56
Address
Kallipoleos Street 75
1678 Nicosia
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITETET I OSLO
Norway
EU contribution
€ 572 550,48
Address
Problemveien 5-7
0313 Oslo
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITY COLLEGE LONDON
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 546 575,76
Address
Gower Street
WC1E 6BT London
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments