Seminaris

Vanesa Jordá Gil imparteix el Seminari "New Estimates on Educational Attainment Using a Continuous Approach (1970–2010)"

Organitza: Centre d’Estudis Demogràfics

Lloc: Sala Àngels Torrents, CED

Hora: 12:00 - 13:30

Vanesa Jordá Gil és Professora en el Departament d’Economia de la Universidad de Cantabria.

"New Estimates on Educational Attainment Using a Continuous Approach (1970–2010)"
Abstract: In this paper we introduce a new set of estimates on educational attainment and inequality measures of education for 142 countries over the period 1970–2010. Most of the previous attempts to measure educational attainment have treated education as a cat- egorical variable, whose mean is computed as a weighted average of the official duration of each cycle and attainment rates, thus omit- ting differences in educational achievement within levels of education. This aggregation into different groups may result in a loss of information, introducing, therefore, a potential source of measurement error. We explore here a more nuanced alternative to estimate educational attainment, which considers the continuous nature of education. This ‘‘continuous approach” allows us to impose more plausible assumptions about the distribution of years of schooling within each level of education, and to take into account the right cen- soring of the data in the estimation, thus leading to more accurate estimates of educational attainment and education inequality. These improved estimates may help to better understand the role of education on different aspects of development.