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Education Indicators in Focus

Education Indicators in Focus is a recurring series of briefs that highlight specific indicators in OECD’s Education at a Glance that are of particular interest to policy makers and practitioners. They provide a detailed look into current issues in pre-primary, primary and secondary education, higher education, and adult outcomes from a global perspective, and contain an engaging mix of text, tables and charts that describe the international context of the most pressing questions in education policy and practice.

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Who really bears the cost of education?

How the burden of education expenditure shifts from the public to the private sector

Despite the obvious benefits derived from education, governments face difficult trade-offs when balancing the share of public and private contributions to education. 

Understanding how private expenditure is sourced, through public transfers or through private funds, can make a difference in enabling access to education and provide insights into how the cost of education shifts between public and private sources of funding over time.

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