Education at a Glance 2013

OECD Indicators

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Education at a Glance: OECD Indicators is the authoritative source for accurate and relevant information on the state of education around the world. It provides data on the structure, finances, and performance of education systems in more than 40 countries, including OECD members and G20 partners.

Featuring more than 100 charts, 200 tables, and over 100 000 figures, Education at a Glance provides key information on the ouput of educational institutions; the impact of learning across countries; the financial and human resources invested in education; access, participation and progression in education; and the learning environment and organisation of schools.

In the 2013 edition, new material includes:

  • More recent data on the economic crisis, showing that education remains the best protection against unemployment;
  • More detailed data on programme orientation (general versus vocational) in secondary and tertiary education;
  • An analysis of how work status (full-time, part-time, involuntary part-time) is related to individuals’ level of education;
  • A review of the relationship between fields of education and tuition fees, unemployment rates and earnings premiums;
  • An indicator showing how many of the students who enter a tertiary programme ultimately graduate from it;
  • An indicator on the relationship between educational attainment and two health-related concerns, obesity and smoking; and
  • Trend data covering the years 1995 to 2010-11 for all the key indicators.

    The Excel™ spreadsheets used to create the tables and charts in Education at a Glance are available via the StatLinks provided throughout the publication.

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Czech Republic

In the years before the recent global economic crisis, the Czech Republic, a small open economy, reported annual growth over 6%, well above the OECD average (below 3%). But since 2008, like many other OECD countries, it has faced challenging times. Consequently, in 2010, the government embarked on a multi-year consolidation effort aimed at balancing the budget by 2016 by raising value-added tax (VAT) and excise taxes and cutting operational expenditures.1 However, despite the need to balance overall public finances, the Czech Republic continued to increase funding for the education sector. Between 2005-10 the Czech Republic was among the top eight OECD countries in terms of increases in spending per student (primary, secondary and post-secondary non-tertiary education), raising expenditure 25% against the OECD average of 17%.


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