A harmonized dataset on global educational attainment between 1970 and 2060 - An analytical window into recent trends and future prospects in human capital development

Anne Goujon, Samir K.C., Markus Speringer, Bilal Barakat, Michaela Potancoková, Jakob Eder, Erich Striessnig, Ramon Bauer, Wolfgang Lutz

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We hereby present a dataset produced at the Wittgenstein Centre (WIC) containing
comprehensive time series on educational attainment and mean years of schooling (MYS). The
dataset is split by 5-year age groups and sex for 171 countries and covers the period between 1970
and 2010. It also contains projections of educational attainment to 2060 based on several scenarios
of demographic and educational development. The dataset is constructed around collected and
harmonized empirical census and survey data sets for the projection base year. The article present
the principles and methodology associated with the reconstruction and the projection, and how it
differs from several previous exercises. It also proposes a closer look at the diffusion of education
in world regions and how the existing gaps in terms of generations, gender, and geography - hence
called the 3Gs - have been evolving in the last forty years.
Seiten (von - bis)315-363
FachzeitschriftJournal of Demographic Economics
PublikationsstatusVeröffentlicht - 1 Sept. 2016