Global Reconstruction of Educational Attainment, 1950 to 2015: Methodology and Assessment

Speringer, M., Goujon, A. ORCID:, K.C., S., Potančoková, M. ORCID:, Reiter, C. ORCID:, Jurasszovich, S., & Eder, J. (2019). Global Reconstruction of Educational Attainment, 1950 to 2015: Methodology and Assessment. Vienna Institute of Demography , Vienna, Austria.

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This paper documents the rationale, the data and the methodology for reconstructing the population of 185 countries by levels of educational attainment for the period 1950–2015, by age and sex. The reconstruction uses four main input types for each country: (1) The most recent and reliable education structure by age and sex, (2) any reliable historical education data by age and sex to use as marker points in the reconstruction to increase output accuracy, (3) a set of age- and sex-specific mortality differentials and educationtransition by education and (4) population estimates by age and sex. The methodology relies on the fact that education is acquired at young ages and does not change much over the life course. In the first part we present the reconstruction principle. In the second one, we document the methodology and the data. The third section compares the reconstructed estimates to other existing estimates including the past reconstruction effort of the Wittgenstein Centre for Demography and Human Capital. The data are available at: (version 2.0). Supplementary to this Working Paper a detailed data documentation Excel file can be downloaded via:

Item Type: Other
Uncontrolled Keywords: Educational attainment, human capital, reconstruction, back-projection, modelling
Research Programs: World Population (POP)
Depositing User: Luke Kirwan
Date Deposited: 12 Mar 2019 07:09
Last Modified: 27 Aug 2021 17:31

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