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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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Editorial

This edition of Education at a Glance comes at a time when youth unemployment keeps policy makers awake at night. Between 2008 and 2011 – the years to which most data in this volume refer – unemployment rates climbed steeply in most countries and have remained high ever since. Young people have been particularly hard-hit by un- and underemployment as a result of the global recession. In 2011, the average proportion of 15-29 year-olds neither in employment nor in education or training (NEET) across OECD countries was 16%; among 25-29 year-olds, 20% were NEET. (Among this latter group, 40% were unemployed, more than half of them for more than six months; the rest did not participate in the labour market at all.) In some countries the figures are much higher, with more than one in three people between the ages of 25 and 29 neither in education nor in work. These young people are forced to pay a very high price for a crisis that was not of their making, with long-lasting consequences for their skills, work morale and social integration. The demoralising short-term effects for individuals, families and communities demand urgent policy responses, while the longerterm ramifications, in terms of skills loss, scarring effects and de-motivation, are real and affect countries’ potential for sustainable recovery.

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