Australia's National School Data and the ‘Big Data’ Revolution in Education Economics

11 Pages Posted: 28 May 2014

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Kevin Pugh

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Gigi Foster

UNSW Australia Business School, School of Economics

Date Written: June 2014

Abstract

The increasing availability of large‐N datasets on students, schools and student achievement has produced an explosion of research in education economics over the past 20 years. In this data survey, we first review the micro‐level education datasets presently available around the world, focusing on their strengths and data access protocols, and we highlight samples of research by economists that have drawn upon them. We then discuss Australia's forays into ‘Big Data’ in education, with our main objective a description and assessment of the national school data recently made available to researchers through the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority.

Suggested Citation

Pugh, Kevin and Foster, Gigi, Australia's National School Data and the ‘Big Data’ Revolution in Education Economics (June 2014). Australian Economic Review, Vol. 47, Issue 2, pp. 258-268, 2014. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2442577 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1467-8462.12065

Kevin Pugh

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Gigi Foster

UNSW Australia Business School, School of Economics ( email )

High Street
Sydney, NSW 2052
Australia

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