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Education, Skill Formation and Inequality

Economic and Political Studies Special Issue Call for Papers

Deadline: 30 November 2020

Economic and Political Studies (EPS), an ESCI and Scopus listed journal hosted by Renmin University of China and published by Taylor & Francis Group, is calling for papers for a special issue on "Education, Skill Formation and Inequality.”

Globalization and technological change are widening income gaps between the highly-skilled and those lacking the skills needed for success in the labor force. Employers and government policy-makers in many countries today are expressing serious concerns about the mismatch between the supply of and demand for a workforce suited to the demands of the 21st century economy. These skills span a range of occupational categories, varying from those requiring high levels of education and training to those needing credentials often characterized as “middle skill.” Moreover, differentials in parents’ ability to provide a strong educational foundation for their children’s future success in a technologically changing society are reproducing social inequality across generations. There is a direct relationship between education, skill formation, and the distribution of income and opportunity. Effective institutional solutions that ensure the quality and accessibility of education and skill formation can therefore alleviate inequality and meet the needs of employers for a productive workforce. This challenge applies to high, middle- and low-income countries alike.

Therefore, the journal Economic and Political Studies now invites contributions to a new special issue on “Education, Skill Formation and Inequality.” Some of the submitted papers will be invited for a presentation at Peking University in Beijing, China in June 2020 at a conference of the same theme. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • What are the current trends in the supply of and demand for skills suited to the demands of the 21st century economy?
  • How is technological change affecting technical and vocational education and training?
  • How are relationships evolving among educational institutions, employers and employer associations, and government?
  • What leads to successful public-private partnerships in skill formation?
  • Under what conditions do institutions for education and skill formation serve to equalize opportunity for upward mobility?
  • What institutional strategies enable governments and intermediary organizations to improve quality and access to education and skill development?

Economic and Political Studies

Language: en-UK

Publisher: Routledge

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Submission guidelines

All papers should be submitted through the Editorial Manager System (https://www.editorialmanager.com/reps/). Detailed submission guideline and reference style for Economic and Political Studies (EPS) are available here.

The submission deadline for the special issue is November 30th 2020. All submissions will be peer-reviewed. Invitation for presentation at the Beijing conference will be sent by February 1st, 2020. Presentation at the conference is not required nor is it a guarantee for the publication in the special issue.

Please forward this call for papers to friends and colleagues who may have an interest in this topic. For any enquiries please contact the Editorial Office at <[email protected]>.


Editorial Information

Guest editors:
Xuezheng Qin and Po Yang (Peking University)

Published on 8th October 2019. Last updated on 12th June 2020.