International Data on Educational Attainment: Updates and Implications

CID Working Paper No. 42

Robert J. Barro and Jong-Wha Lee
April 2000


This paper presents a data set that improves the measurement of educational attainment for a broad group of countries. We extend our previous estimates of educational attainment for the population over age 15 and over age 25 up to 1995 and provide projections for 2000. We discuss the estimation method for the measures of educational attainment and relate our estimates to alternative international measures of human capital stocks.

Keywords: education, human capital formation

JEL codes: I20, J24