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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.

Coordinator

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAT DORTMUND
Net EU contribution
€ 498 432,96
Address
August Schmidt Strasse 4
44227 Dortmund
Germany

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Region
Nordrhein-Westfalen Arnsberg Dortmund, Kreisfreie Stadt
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 0,00

Participants (8)

GOETEBORGS UNIVERSITET
Sweden
Net EU contribution
€ 527 318,64
Address
Vasaparken
405 30 Goeteborg

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Region
Södra Sverige Västsverige Västra Götalands län
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 0,00
IFO INSTITUT LEIBNIZ INSTITUT FUR WIRTSCHAFTSFORSCHUNG AN DER UNIVERSITAT MUNCHEN EV
Germany
Net EU contribution
€ 249 216,48
Address
Poschinger Strasse 5
81679 Muenchen

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Region
Bayern Oberbayern München, Kreisfreie Stadt
Activity type
Research Organisations
Other funding
€ 0,00
KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT LEUVEN
Belgium
Net EU contribution
€ 501 120,00
Address
Oude Markt 13
3000 Leuven

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Region
Vlaams Gewest Prov. Vlaams-Brabant Arr. Leuven
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 0,00
CITO BV
Netherlands
Net EU contribution
€ 255 374,28
Address
Amsterdamweg 13
6814CM Arnhem

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Region
Oost-Nederland Gelderland Arnhem/Nijmegen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 0,00
STICHTING I.E.A. SECRETARIAAT NEDERLAND
Netherlands
Net EU contribution
€ 249 216,48
Address
Keizersgracht 311
1016 EE Amsterdam

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Activity type
Research Organisations
Other funding
€ 0,00
UNIVERSITY OF CYPRUS
Cyprus
Net EU contribution
€ 482 758,56
Address
Avenue Panepistimiou 2109 Aglantzi
1678 Nicosia

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Region
Κύπρος Κύπρος Κύπρος
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 0,00
UNIVERSITETET I OSLO
Norway
Net EU contribution
€ 572 550,48
Address
Problemveien 5-7
0313 Oslo

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Region
Norge Oslo og Viken Oslo
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 0,00
UNIVERSITY COLLEGE LONDON
United Kingdom
Net EU contribution
€ 546 575,76
Address
Gower Street
WC1E 6BT London

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Region
London Inner London — West Camden and City of London
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 0,00