The Consequences of Integrated Education

(Theme Leader: Josue Ortega)

More than 90% of schools in Northern Ireland are segregated, meaning most young people are educated in either a state-funded school that predominantly attracts Protestant families or a school funded by the state but maintained by the Roman Catholic church. The recently approved Integrated Education Bill aims to increase the number of pupils that attend an integrated school in NI, which currently is only 7%.

Promoting integrated education is a remarkable goal, but what are the educational and social consequences of attending an integrated school, rather than non-integrated ones? The limited existing data does not provide a clear answer to this question, which is key to design and analyse educational policy. Arcangelo Dimico and Josué Ortega from CHARMS aim to answer this question using economic theory, data collection and econometric methods.