Data Set on Long-term Educational Attainment by Country

By utilizing the estimates of historical enrollment ratios from the 1820–1945 period, as well as the available census data and estimates of educational attainment by age for the 1950–2010 period, we have constructed a complete data set of estimates of educational attainment for the total and female populations at the five-year intervals from 1870 to 1945 for 89 countries. For the detailed explanation of the estimation method, see Barro and Lee (2015, chapter 2). 

Combining this data set with existing data from Barro and Lee (2013), the data set presents estimates of educate ional attainment, classified by age group (15–24, 25–64, and 15–64) and by gender, for 89 countries from 1870 to 2010 at five-year intervals.

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Education Attainment for Population Aged 15-64, 1870-2010

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Education Attainment for Population Aged 15-24, 1870-2010

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Education Attainment for Population Aged 25-64, 1870-2010

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Trends in Educational Attainment by Country

 

Average Years of Schooling for Population Aged 15-24, 1870-2010

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Average Years of Schooling for Population Aged 25-64, 1870-2010

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