London School of Economics Centre for the Economics of Education LSE
Centre for the Economics of Education  (CEE)

CEE Conference on Education and Productivity,

CEP Conference Room (4th floor)
RLAB Entrance Portugal St
7 November 2003


  • To summarise what we know about the impact of education on individuals’ earnings.
  • To present recent CEE research findings about the impact of education on productivity.
  • To explore what might potentially be done in this area of research in the future.
  • To come up with specific possibilities for a future CEE project in this field.


09:30 – 10:00 Coffee and Welcome

10:00 – 11:15 Education and Wages

Presenter Barbara Sianesi, CEE (IFS)
Chair Anna Vignoles, CEE (IOE)

This session will focus on the economic benefits of education and qualifications to the individual worker. It will highlight where our knowledge of the returns to education is sound, where there are gaps and where we cannot explain poor rates of return to certain qualifications.

11:15-12:30 Education and Productivity

Presenter Fernando Galindo-Rueda and Anna Vignoles, CEE (CEP/IOE)
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Chair Jonathan Haskel, QMUL

This second presentation will present recent CEE work which has attempted to measure the impact of qualifications on productivity growth at an industry and regional level.

12:30-13:15 Lunch

13:15-14:30 The Way Forward

Presenters Jonathan Haskel (QMUL) and John Van Reenen (CEP)
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Chair Steve Machin

This session will focus on the problems inherent in measuring the real impact of education on productivity, with presentations from senior academics working in the field. There will be the opportunity to discuss ways in which we can take forward the research in this field and to generate ideas for future CEE projects in this area.