On 7 April at 17:15 (CET) an Economic Policy panel discussion of a new research report by Nicola Fuchs-Schündeln. was held online. 

As the Covid-19 pandemic swept across the world in the spring of 2020, schools were closed and millions of children faced major learning losses while their parents struggled to combine work, childcare and home education. A new study of the likely long-term impact of those closures on children’s future livelihoods and wellbeing was launched at an online panel discussion hosted by Europe’s leading economic policy journal on Thursday 7 April 2022.

Nicola Fuchs-Schündeln of Goethe University Frankfurt and CEPR will present comparative empirical evidence on the considerable heterogeneity of school closures in Germany and the US – related to school type, pupil age and local income levels. She will examine likely variations in long-term effects across the income and wealth distribution. And she will consider policies that may address some of the educational damage to the most disadvantaged children from the missed opportunities caused by the pandemic and lockdowns.

Her presentation was be followed by a discussion with Andreas Schleicher and Monica Costa-Dias, moderated by Andrew Jack, Global Education Editor for the Financial Times.