IOE - Faculty of Education and Society


VIRTUAL EVENT: COVID-19: School closures and educational inequality

07 October 2020, 1:00 pm–2:00 pm

Catholic school building - Flickr/Robert Cutts. CC BY-SA 2.0.

In this webinar, Larissa Zierow discusses how school closures in response to the coronavirus have affected educational inequalities.

This event is free.

Event Information

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Dingeman Wiertz

In Spring 2020, governments around the globe shut down schools to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus. 
Larissa Zierow and her colleagues conducted a study of over 1,000 parents in Germany, collecting detailed time-use information on school children before and during the COVID-19 school closures. 

In this session, Larissa will explore the key findings of the survey such as the reduced learning times and the increase of educational inequality. She will discuss how schools dealt with this gap and how distance-teaching activities disproportionately reached high-achieving children. 

QSS seminar series

In this weekly Quantitative Social Science (QSS) seminar series, speakers present research that falls under the broad umbrella of quantitative social science.


Image: Robert Cutts via Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0)

About the Speaker

Larissa Zierow

Economist and Deputy Director at Center for the Economics of Education at the ifo Institute

Larissa's research revolves around labour, family, and education economics. 

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