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Education Matters: Global Schooling Gains from the 19th to the 21st Century

Robert J. Barro and Jong-Wha Lee


In the past half century, human capital has emerged as one of the most active areas of research in economics. This book's efforts at constructing useful measures of educational attainment for a broad panel of countries go back 20 years. It extends earlier work by presenting and discussing a new long-term data set on educational attainment of the population for 146 countries for the period from 1870 to 2010. In addition, it provides new data on educational quality, based on internationally comparable test scores for 134 countries from 1965 to 2010. It uses the new data to analyze linkages acros ... More

Keywords: educational attainment, human capital, educational quality, economic growth, fertility, democracy, data set

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780199379231
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199379231.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Robert J. Barro, author
Paul M. Warburg Professor of Economics, Harvard University

Jong-Wha Lee, author
Professor of Economics and Director, International Center for Korean Studies, Korea University, and Head, Office of Regional Economic Integration, Asian Development Bank