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International Comparisons of Educational Attainment


Robert J. Barro


Harvard University - Department of Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Jong-Wha Lee


Korea University; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); Asian Development Bank - Office of the Chief Economist

April 1993

NBER Working Paper No. w4349

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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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Barro, Robert J. and Lee, Jong-Wha, International Comparisons of Educational Attainment (April 1993). NBER Working Paper No. w4349. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=227036

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Robert J. Barro (Contact Author)
Harvard University - Department of Economics ( email )
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Cambridge, MA 02138
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National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)
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Jong-Wha Lee
Korea University ( email )
Anam-dong, Sungbuk-Ku
Dept. of Economics
Seoul, 136-701
Korea
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National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)
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Cambridge, MA 02138
United States
Asian Development Bank - Office of the Chief Economist
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Metro Manila
Philippines
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