This was a cross European study involving a collaboration between our research group and the ESRC Research Centre on Skills, Knowledge and Organisational Performance (SKOPE) based at Oxford University (represented by Geoff Hayward) and LIHRE at the University of Toulouse, the GRET research group at the Autonomous University of Barcelona, and the Institut für Höhere Studien.

It investigated the apparently minimal or even negative return to some qualifications in European labour markets by exploring a novel hypothesis that the degree of specialisation of the training undertaken was linked to the subsequent wage premium. This involves multivariate modelling utilising Gini coefficients to measure the degree of specialisation in training. A preliminary SKOPE working paper was produced. The research team is now developing a proposal for European funding to explore the emerging issues further.