47 Pages Posted: 1 Jun 2004
Date Written: April 1993
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.
Suggested Citation: Suggested Citation
Barro, Robert J. and Lee, Jong-Wha, International Comparisons of Educational Attainment (April 1993). NBER Working Paper No. w4349. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=227036