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Sylke Viola Schnepf

Sylke V. Schnepf

Sylke V. Schnepf is working in the Competence Centre on Microeconomic Evaluation and on the cross-national research project examining aspects of fairness in Ispra, Italy. She is a member of the JRC Scientific Committee.

Sylke obtained a Masters in political sciences, psychology and law in 1999 and a PhD in Economics in 2005. Previously, she worked as a consultant for the UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre, Florence, Italy and as an Associate Professor in Social Statistics at the University of Southampton, UK.

Sylke provides scientific expertise and methodological support for counterfactual impact evaluation. Her main methodological research interests focus on impact evaluation methods and survey design. She examines aspects of fairness focusing mainly on education and climate change policies.

Papers in peer reviewed journals

D’Hombres, B. and Schnepf, S.V. (2021) ‘International Mobility of Students in Italy and the UK: Does It Pay off and for Whom?’, Higher Education.

Colagrossi, M., D`Hombres, B. and Schnepf, S.V. (2020), Like (grand)parent, like child? Multigenerational mobility across the EU, European Economic Review.

Schnepf, S.V. and Colagrossi, M. (2020) Is unequal uptake of Erasmus mobility really only due to students' choices? The role of selection into universities and fields of study. Journal of European Social Policy.

Durrant, G. and Schnepf, S.V. (2017) Which schools and pupils respond to educational achievement surveys? A focus on the English PISA sample, JRSS Series A.

Bardsley, N., Buechs, M. and Schnepf, S.V.  (2017) Something from nothing: Estimating consumption rates using propensity scores, with application to emissions reduction policies, PLOS ONE.

Araujo, L., Saltelli, A., Schnepf, S.V. (2017) Do PISA data justify PISA-based education policy?, International Journal of Comparative Education and Development, Vol. 19 Issue: 1, pp.20-34

Schnepf, S.V. (2017) How do Tertiary Dropouts fare in the Labour Market, A Comparison between EU countries, Higher Education Quarterly, 1:75-96

Kamanda, M., Madise, N. Schnepf, S.V. (2016) Does living in a community with more educated mothers enhance children’s school attendance? Evidence from Sierra Leone, International Journal of Educational Development, 46:114-124

Schnepf, S.V. (2015)  University dropouts and labour market success, IZA World of Labour, 182

Buchs, M. and Schnepf, S. V. (2013) Who emits most? An analysis of UK households' CO2 emissions and their association with socio-economic factors; Ecological Economics, 90: 114-123

Micklewright, J., Schnepf, S. V. and Skinner, C. (2012) Non-response biases in surveys of school children: the case of the English PISA samples. Journal of the Royal Statistical Society Series A (General), 175: 915-938.

Micklewright, J., Schnepf, S. V. and Silva, P. N. (2012) Peer effects and measurement error: the impact of sampling variation in school survey data (evidence from PISA). Economics of Education Review, 31(6): 1136-1142.

Atkinson, A.B., Backus, P.G., Micklewright, John, Pharoah, Cathy and Schnepf, Sylke V. (2012) Charitable giving for overseas development: UK trends over a quarter century. Journal of the Royal Statistical Society: Series A (Statistics in Society), 175: 167-190

Micklewright, J. and Schnepf, S. V. (2010) How reliable are income data collected with a single question? Journal of the Royal Statistical Society: Series A (Statistics in Society), 173: 409-429.

Schnepf, S.V. (2010) Gender differences in subjective well-being in Central and Eastern Europe. Journal of European Social Policy, 20: 74-85.

Micklewright, J. and Schnepf, S.V. (2009), ‘Who Gives for Overseas Development?’ Journal of Social Policy, 38: 317-341  

Piper, G. and Schnepf, S.V. (2008), ‘Gender Differences in Charitable Giving’. Voluntas, 19: 103-124.

Jenkins, S., Micklewright, J. and Schnepf, S.V. (2008) ‘Social Segregation in Secondary Schools: How does England Compare with Other Countries?’, Oxford Review of Education, 34: 21-37

Schnepf, S.V. (2007), ‘Immigrants’ Educational Disadvantage: An Examination Across Ten Countries and Three Surveys’, Journal of Population Economics, 20:527-545.

Brown, G, Micklewright, J, Schnepf, S.V., and Waldmann, R. (2007) ‘Cross-National Comparisons of Learning Achievement: How Robust are the Findings?’, Journal of the Royal Statistical Society, Series A, 170: 626-646.

Books and book chapters

Volante, L., Schnepf, S.V., Jerrim, J, Klinger, D.A. (eds.) (2019) Socioeconomic Inequality and Student Outcomes. Cross-National Trends, Policies and Practices. Singapore: Springer.

Schnepf, S.V., Klinger, D.A., Volante, L. and Jerrim, J. (2019) Cross-national trends in addressing socioeconomic inequality in education. In Volante, L., Schnepf, S.V., Jerrim, J, Klinger, D.A. (eds) Socioeconomic Inequality and Student Outcomes. Cross-National Trends, Policies and Practices. Singapore: Springer

Jerrim, J., Volante, L., Klinger, D.A. and Schnepf, S.V. (2019) Socioeoncomic inequality and student outcomes across education systems. In Volante, L., Schnepf, S.V., Jerrim, J, Klinger, D.A. (eds) Socioeconomic Inequality and Student Outcomes. Cross-National Trends, Policies and Practices. Singapore: Springer

Schnepf, S.V.  and Volante, L. (2017) 'PISA and the Future of Global Educational Governance', in Volante, L, (ed), The PISA Effect on Global Educational Governance, New York: Routledge

Bardsley, N., Büchs, M.,  and Schnepf, S.V. (2014) ‘Unequal emissions – unequal policy impacts: how do different areas of CO2 emissions compare?’ , in: Fitzpatrick, T. (ed), International Handbook on Social Policy and the Environment, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar

Micklewright, J. and Schnepf, S.V., (2007) ‘Inequalities in Learning in Industrialised Countries’, in S. Jenkins and J. Micklewright, Poverty and Inequality re-examined, Oxford: Oxford University Press

Schnepf, S.V. (2007) Women in Central and Eastern Europe. Measuring Gender Inequality Differently. Saarbruecken: VDM . (ISBN: 978-3-8364-2526-1)

Schnepf, S.V., (2006) ‘How Different are Immigrants? A Cross-Country and Cross-Survey Analysis of Educational Achievement’, in C. Parsons and T. Smeeding (eds), Immigration and the Transformation of Europe, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press

JRC Fairness Policy briefs

Blasko, Z. and Schnepf, S.V. (2020) Educational inequalities in Europe and physical school closures during Covid-19, JRC Fairness Policy Brief.

Schnepf, S.V., Blasko, Z. and d’Hombres, B. (2019) Socio-economic background and educational inequalities, JRC Fairness Policy Brief.

Colagrossi, M., d’Hombres, B. and Schnepf, S.V. (2019) Like (grand)parent, like child? Multigenerational persistence of socio-economic status in the European Union, JRC Fairness Policy Brief.

Schnepf, S.V., Bastianelli, E. and Blasko, Z. (2019) Studying abroad - benefits and unequal uptake, JRC Fairness Policy Brief.

D’Hombres, B., Schnepf, S., Barjakova, M., Teizeira Mendonca, F. (2018) Loneliness – an unequal shared burden in Europe. JRC Fairness Policy Brief.

JRC Reports

Co-author (2020) of ‘Beyond averages - Fairness in an economy that works for people’ JRC Science for Policy Report.

Schnepf, S.V., Castano Munoz, J., Sanchez Barrioluengo, M., Biagi, F. and Blasko, Z. (2020) ‘Graduates’ labour market outcomes in four European countries: the role of teaching load and research excellence’, JRC Science for Policy Report.

Schnepf, S.V. (2018) ‘Insights into survey error of large scale educational achievement surveys’, JRC Technical Report.

D’Hombres, B., Langedijk, S. and Schnepf, S.V. (2017), Chapter 2 and 4 of the JRC report What makes a fair society? Insights and evidence, Publications Office of the European Union, Luxembourg

Elia, L., Santangelo, G., & Schnepf, S.V. (2015). Synthesis report on the ‘Pilot projects to carry out ESF related counterfactual impact evaluations’. European Union.

Micklewright, J. and Schnepf, S.V. (2006) Response Bias in England in PISA 2000 and 2003, Report of the Department for Education and Skills

Adamson, P., Brown, G. Micklewright, J., Schnepf, S.V. and Wright, A. (2003) A League Table of Child Maltreatment Deaths in Rich Nations, UNICEF Innocenti Report Card, Issue No. 5

Adamson, P., Brown, G. Micklewright, J., Schnepf, S.V., Waldmann, R. and Wright, A. (2002) A League Table of Educational Disadvantage in Rich Nations, UNICEF Innocenti Report Card, Issue No. 5