Education Matters: Global Schooling Gains from the 19th to the 21st Century

Hardcover | July 21, 2015

byRobert J. Barro, Jong-Wha Lee

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Education has significant and far-reaching effects not only on individuals, but also on the societies in which they live and to which they contribute. The education level of a population affects how a country supports itself and others and the degree to which it can participate in the globalfield. While everyone from politicians to policymakers to celebrities has stressed the importance of education, there has not been - until now - a vigorous yet comprehensible examination of data to support what has long been common knowledge: education matters. In Education Matters: Global Gains from the 19th to the 21st Century, renowned economists Robert Barro and Jong-Wha Lee present a revolutionary new data set on education in 146 countries since 1870 and projected through 2040. With case studies from the United States, China, and Korea, Barro and Leeevaluate schooling both quantitatively and qualitatively, and assess the role of education in economic and political development. In this comprehensive study, the authors establish the critical role that education plays - particularly for women and girls - in economic growth, fertility, anddemocracy. The book also addresses sensitive and controversial topics, such as international disparities in education, and the role of education in modernization and development. Both challenging and enlightening, Education Matters has exciting implications for the future of education and promises to be a ground-breaking work in the fields of economics and educational attainment. Engaging and informative, Education Matters is a compelling read for students, scholars, andanyone with a passion for education.

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Education has significant and far-reaching effects not only on individuals, but also on the societies in which they live and to which they contribute. The education level of a population affects how a country supports itself and others and the degree to which it can participate in the globalfield. While everyone from politicians to pol...

Robert J. Barro is Paul M. Warburg Professor of Economics at Harvard University, a senior fellow of the Hoover Institution of Stanford University, and a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research. He has a Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University and a B.S. in physics from Caltech. Barro is co-editor of Harvard's ...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:304 pages, 9.21 × 6.18 × 0.98 inPublished:July 21, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. International Comparisons of School Enrollment and Educational Attainment, 1870-20103. Projection of Educational Attainment for 2015-20404. Educational Attainment and Economic and Political Developments, 1960-20105. Historical Evidence on the Effects of Education on Growth, Fertility, and Democracy, 1870-20106. Educational Attainment-Quantity and Quality of Schooling7. Conclusions

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"The meticulous work by Robert Barro and Jong-Wha Lee has substantially expanded our understanding of differences in the educational attainment of countries around the world and over time. Their book is a tour de force of providing the big picture of the importance of school attainment for thelong-run development of societies." --Ludger Woessmann, Professor of Economics, University of Munich and Director, Ifo Center for the Economics of Education