Intergenerational Mobility in Education in Greece

Hosted by the Hellenic Observatory

Sumeet Valrani Lecture Theatre, Centre Building, United Kingdom


Professor Nikos Vettas

Professor Nikos Vettas


Dr Vassilis Monastiriotis

Dr Vassilis Monastiriotis

In this research seminar, the speaker presented the findings of the research project Intergenerational Mobility in Education in Greece, funded by the Hellenic Observatory Research Calls Programme.

The project explores the role of socioeconomic status and other factors on the cognitive performance and aspirations of Greek high-school students using data from the OECD’s Program for International Student Assessment (known as the PISA program). The discussion provided insights on possible ways to improve educational outcomes and to achieve more equal life prospects for all adolescent children in Greece, irrespective of their socioeconomic characteristics and background.

Meet our speaker and chair 

Nikos Vettas is the General Director of the Foundation for Economic and Industrial Research (IOBE) since 2013 and a Professor at the Athens University of Economics and Business since 2003, where he has served as the Chairman of the Economics Department and a member of the University Council. Has a PhD. from the University of Pennsylvania and has been an Associate Professor at Duke University and a visiting Professor at INSEAD. He serves as Associate Editor of the International Journal of Industrial Organization, a Research Fellow at CEPR, and member of the Executive Committee of the European Association for Research in Industrial Economics. He has been an Associate Editor of the Journal of the European Economic Association and of the Journal of Industrial Economics, a member of the Hellenic Competition Commission and of the Economic Advisory Group for Competition Policy at the EC. Since 2002, a co-organizer of the annual Conference for Research on Economic Theory and Econometrics. His research has been published in leading journals such as the International Economic Review, European Economic Review, Rand Journal of Economics, and the Review of Economic Studies. He is co-editor of Beyond Austerity: Reforming the Greek Economy.

Vassilis Monastiriotis is an economist and economic geographer by training, specialising in three areas of labour economics, economic geography and political economy. He has significant policy engagement on all three areas, including appointments in Experts Committees (e.g., on Regional Incentives policy and on Minimum Wage policy in Greece) and work with international bodies such as the European Commission (DG Regio, DG EMPL, DG EAC), the CEFTA Secretariat and the EBRD. 

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A copy of Professor Vettas' presentation is available for download here.


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