Learning inequality during the pandemic

28 October 2020

Nuffield Fellow Per Engzell, DPhil in Sociology Mark Verhagen and co-author Arun Frey use data from the Netherlands to evaluate the effect of primary school closures on student progress. They find a general learning loss across the dataset and that these losses are up to 55% larger in students from less-educated homes.

Per, Mark and Arun also wrote a summary of their findings for Population Europe ('How Do School Closures Affect Student Learning? It’s Worse Than You Think') and for VoxEU ('The collateral damage to children’s education during lockdown', 9 November 2020).

This research was also covered in the Financial Times (7 March 2021 and 19 February 2021), The Economist (13 February 2021) and The New York Times (24 December 2020).

(Per Engzell, Mark Verhagen and Arun Frey, ‘Learning Loss Due to School Closures During the Covid-19 Pandemic’. Published as a working paper on SocArXiv Papers, doi: 10.31235/osf.io/ve4z7)