Sunday, May 23, 2010

Education

A bit off from the regular items in the blog, but I found this article at Vox interesting: "Why do women leave science and engineering?".
American women leave science and engineering at a higher frequency than men. This column suggests that the gender gap is explained by women’s relative dissatisfaction with pay and promotion opportunities. This gap is correlated with a high share of men in the industry. Remedies should therefore focus on such fields with a high share of male workers.

For lovers of statistics, at the same site there is a short note on a new data set on education around the world in the last 60 years: "Educational attainment in the world, 1950–2010".
Empirical investigations of the role of human capital require accurate measures across countries and over time. This column describes a new dataset on educational attainment for 146 countries at 5-year intervals from 1950 to 2010. The new data, freely available online, use more information and better methodology than existing datasets. Among the many new results is that the rate of return to an additional year of schooling on output is quite high – ranging from 5% to 12%.

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