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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European Union

The 2013 edition of Education at a Glance offers a snapshot of how education – and the people who participate in and benefit from it – fared during the first years of worst economic crisis in decades. The crisis in unemployment, particularly among young people, started early and then intensified in most European countries, hitting adults with low levels of education the hardest. The proportion of young people without an upper secondary education in Europe who were neither employed nor in education or training (NEET) grew by 1.8 percentage points between 2008 and 2011, even as the share of NEETs dropped 0.6 percentage point in the United States. While many EU21 countries* trimmed their education budgets, some continued to increase their investment in education, while others managed to offer teachers higher salaries. And as a result of a difficult labour market, more young people chose to continue their studies to prepare themselves for an eventual economic recovery: in most countries, participation in education among 15-19 year-olds increased between 2008 and 2010.


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