01 Jan 2012
How Has the Global Economic Crisis Affected People with Different Levels of Education ?
With all the economic turmoil of the past several years, have you ever wished you could buy an insurance policy to protect against the effects of a global recession? Well, such an insurance policy already exists – and it’s called higher education. During the first two years of the global...
01 Feb 2012
How Are Countries Around the World Supporting Students in Higher Education?
Few would dispute that having a higher education is more important than ever to help people build positive economic futures and strengthen the knowledge economies of countries. Yet as the second issue of the OECD’s new brief series Education Indicators in Focus explains, OECD countries have...
01 Mar 2012
How Are Girls Doing in School – and Women Doing in Employment – Around the World?
As the world celebrates the achievements of women this month, what can be said about the progress of girls and young women in education, and of women in employment, throughout the world? As the third issue of the OECD's new brief series Education Indicators in Focus describes, girls and women...
01 Apr 2012
How Pronounced Is Income Inequality Around the World - And How Can Education Help Reduce It?
Over the past three decades, the income gap between the rich and the poor has widened across most OECD countries. As the global economic crisis and the changing needs of the worldwide labour market threaten to increase inequality further, how can education help reduce it? As the fourth issue of...
01 May 2012
How Is the Global Talent Pool Changing?
At a time when having more education is increasingly necessary for success in the labour market, how is the talent pool of young higher education graduates changing around the world? According to the OECD’s latest analysis, not only has it exploded over the last decade – it’s likely to grow...
01 June 2012
What Are the Returns on Higher Education for Individuals and Countries?
Investing in higher (tertiary) education is one of the more significant decisions a person can take. In some countries, the direct costs of higher education can be large, often requiring a significant investment of an individual’s personal funds, either in up-front payments or loan repayments...
01 Sep 2012
How Well Are Countries Educating Young People to the Level Needed for a Job and a Living Wage?
An upper secondary qualification (ISCED 3) has become the norm for young people in OECD
countries. Today it is considered the minimum qualification for successful participation in the
labour market and for integration in society.
In 2010, across OECD countries, 19.1% of 25-34 year-olds without...
01 Oct 2012
Is Increasing Private Expenditure, Especially in Tertiary Education, Associated with Less Public Funding and Less Equitable Access?
Between 2000 and 2009, total expenditure on educational institutions as a percentage of GDP
rose by 0.88 percentage point from 5.34% to 6.22%; the increase came from both public and
In OECD countries, 16.0% of total educational expenditure for all levels of education came...
01 Nov 2012
How Does Class Size Vary Around the World?
In OECD countries, the average class size at the lower secondary level is 23 students, but there are
significant differences between countries, ranging from over 32 in Japan and Korea to 19 or below
in Estonia, Iceland, Luxembourg, Slovenia and the United Kingdom.
Class size, together with...
01 Jan 2013
What Are the Social Benefits of Education?
On average across 15 OECD countries, a 30-year-old male tertiary graduate can expect to live
another 51 years, while a 30 year-old man who has not completed upper secondary education
can expect to live an additional 43 years. A similar comparison between women in the two
01 Mar 2013
Which Factors Determine the Level of Expenditure on Teaching Staff?
The higher the level of education, the higher the salary cost of teachers per student. In Belgium
(Flemish Community), France and Spain, the difference in the annual salary cost between the
primary and upper secondary levels of education exceeds USD 1 800 in 2010.
Between 2000 and 2010, the...
01 Mar 2013
How Do Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) Policies, Systems and Quality Vary Across OECD Countries?
In many OECD countries, ECEC services have increased in response to a growing demand for better
learning outcomes as well as growing female labour force participation. In recent years, however,
the goals of ECEC policy have become more child-centred.
Fifteen-year-old students who attended...
01 May 2013
How Difficult is it to Move from School to Work?
In some countries, an increasing number of young people are neither in employment, nor in
education or training (NEET). A high proportion of NEETs is an indicator of a difficult transition
between school and work.
Higher educational attainment eases the transition into employment....