this project a theoretical and empirical analysis of the following three
topics was carried out.
A comparative analysis of schooling systems: The research group
obtained stylised descriptions of schooling systems from indicators
established by international organisations. They then supplemented these
data with the answers given by education experts in sixteen countries to
a questionnaire tailored to the project's needs.
The transition from school to work: The analysis was mainly concentrated
on the microeconomic aspects of school to work transitions, using longitudinal
data whenever possible.
Training and labour market flexibility: A comparative review of
research and data resources relating to the supply of employer-provided
training was prepared. Together with an overview of the relevant economic
theories, one of the papers presented a critical review of empirical work.
The work on labour mobility was to a large extent empirical, using European
data to test various theoretical predictions about the labour market. The
data was often panel, following the same individuals (or firms) over a
number of years. In addition, some papers were able to use linked employer-employee
(LEE) data to model wages and mobility more accurately.
of the project's results were still preliminary and needed further work
and validation, partly due to a lack of data. The hope was expressed that
European countries would improve the compatibility and the access to micro
data in the future. (Sofer, 2000, pp. 4f., 6, 10, 11, 103)