Quality-Adjusted Educational Attainment Distribution

Anne Goujon , International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis
Dilek Yildiz, Wittgenstein Centre for Demography and Global Human Capital
Claudia Reiter, University of Vienna

Recent research has shown that being in school does not necessarily equate to learning. However, efforts to merge qualitative and quantitative measures of education are so far very rare and have only covered a limited number of countries. To remedy that, we have started a new initiative to provide a global historical database for quality-adjusted educational attainment distribution by age and sex. The research will make use of three different kinds of sources: The global database on levels of educational attainment by age and sex developed at the Wittgenstein Centre, the database on harmonized learning outcomes developed by the World Bank based on schooling scores, and the many surveys assessing numeracy and literacy skills in adults. We will present the approach, the challenges and first results for a limited number of countries, as well as provide the strategy for extending the work to more countries and settings.

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 Presented in Session 44. Aspiration, Education and Achievements