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Average years of schooling

Posted in development, economics by jrahman on August 18, 2012

Couple of months ago, I posted some charts showing that, according to the recently updated Barro and Lee database, Bangladesh has cut down on illiteracy noticeably since the late 1970s, and were performing better than our subcontinental cousins by 2010.  Couple of charts (based on the same database) over the fold show that these patterns hold for the average years of schooling among people aged 15 years or more.

This chart shows the total population.  In 1950, average 15+ year old person had 0.9 years of schooling.  By 1970, this number rose to 1.4 years.  Then, starting from the late 1970s, the number started rising, reaching 5.8 years by 2010. 

The next chart shows the same data, but only for women, showing exactly the same pattern. 

And both charts also show that while Bangladesh has achieved a lot in this regards in the past few decades — both compared with our past record and our neighbours — much remains to be done when compared with countries to our north and east. 

 

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  1. Diganta said, on August 31, 2012 at 3:18 am

    I saw educational performance indices a while back. I was perplexed that Bangladesh always had been ahead of India in “Average years of schooling” but always trailed in “Expected years of schooling”. Sometimes statistics is baffling 😦

    • jrahman said, on September 4, 2012 at 5:03 pm

      Ha ha. That’s why it’s important to look at the details. What’s the data claiming to show, and is it actually showing that? Of course, you shouldn’t look too closely — it’s like sausage, good to know whether you’re eating beef, pork or chicken, but look too closely and you’ll never eat it. Same with statistics.


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