The link between education and economic growth was the topic of a conference organized by the European Liberal Forum, the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom and Alternative Libérale on November 21st. The round table, held in Aix en Provence, gathered experts and politicians from across Europe to discuss the impact of education systems on the economy and the well-being of the citizens.
In a context of economic downturn and skyrocketing unemployment, in which risks of social exclusion, poverty and the resulting cost for society are high, the issue at stake was to discuss best practices in the field of education that could boost the economy. Of course, possible reforms of the education systems in crisis-ridden countries are not the remedy to all economic difficulties, but they are one component of a long-term solution to increase European competitiveness. Continue reading