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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Although the gender gap for people with tertiary education was already in favour of women in Iceland in 2000 (23% for men against 25% for women, compared with 23% for men and 21% for women on average among OECD countries), the gap widened dramatically a decade later. In 2011, among the 25-64 year-old population, 4 out of 10 women in Iceland (40%) had a tertiary degree compared to less than 3 out of 10 men (28%). On average among the OECD countries, the percentages are, respectively, 30% for men and 33% for women. In Iceland, it’s common to pursue your studies later in life. Based on the current patterns of graduation, it is estimated that more than 1 out of 3 women will graduate from tertiary level after the age of 30, compared to less than 1 out of 10 on average among OECD countries.


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