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International Comparisons of Educational Attainment

Robert J. Barro, Jong-Wha Lee

NBER Working Paper No. 4349
Issued in April 1993
NBER Program(s):   EFG

Many theories of economic growth stress the role of human capital in the form of education, but empirical studies have been hampered by inadequate data. We describe a data set on educational attainment that we have constructed for 129 countries over five-year periods from 1960-1985. We use census/survey information to fill over 40% of the cells, and we use school enrollment figures in a perpetual-inventory framework to fill the remainder. The data refer to male and female attainment of the adult population at four levels: no-schooling. primary. secondary, and higher. We also provide a rough breakdown into incomplete and complete attainment at the three levels of schooling. We then take account of cross-country variations in the durations of schooling at each level to provide figures on total years of attainment.

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Document Object Identifier (DOI): 10.3386/w4349

Published: Journal of Monetary Economics, Vol. 32, no. 3 (1993): 363-394. citation courtesy of

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