A new data set of educational attainment in the world, 1950-2010

Robert J. Barro, Jong Wha Lee

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Abstract

Our panel data set on educational attainment has been updated for 146 countries from 1950 to 2010. The data are disaggregated by sex and by 5-year age intervals. We have improved the accuracy of estimation by using information from consistent census data, disaggregated by age group, along with new estimates of mortality rates and completion rates by age and education level. We compare the estimates with our previous ones (Barro and Lee, 2001) and alternative measures (Cohen and Soto, 2007). Our estimates of educational attainment provide a reasonable proxy for the stock of human capital for a broad group of countries and should be useful for a variety of empirical work.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)184-198
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Development Economics
Volume104
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013 Sep

Keywords

  • Education
  • Human capital

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Development
  • Economics and Econometrics

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