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Education at a Glance 2007

OECD Indicators

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OECD's annual Education at a Glance looks at who participates in education, what is spent on it, how education systems operate and the results achieved. The latter includes indicators on a wide range of outcomes, from comparisons of students’ performance in key subject areas to the impact of education on earnings and on adults’ chances of employment. New material in this 2007 edition includes data on how socio-economic background affects access to tertiary education, more data on participation in vocational programmes, trend data on graduation rates, trend data on enrolment rates, data on contractual arrangements of teachers, and data on evaluation policies for public schools.  This book includes StatLinks, urls linking to Excel® spreadsheets containing the background data.

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Indicator A9 What are the economic benefits of education?

Centre for Educational Research and Innovation

This indicator examines the relative earnings of workers with different levels of educational attainment of 25 OECD countries and the partner economy Israel. This indicator also presents data that describe the distribution of pre-tax earnings (see Annex 3 for notes) within five ISCED levels of educational attainment to help show how returns to education vary within countries among individuals with comparable levels of educational attainment. The financial returns to educational attainment are calculated for investments undertaken as a part of initial education, as well as for the case of a hypothetical 40-year-old who decides to return to education in mid-career. For the first time, this indicator presents new estimates of the rate of return for an individual investing in upper secondary education instead of working for the minimum wage with a lower secondary level of education.

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