Gini coefficients of education for 146 countries, 1950-2010

Thomas Ziesemer


We provide Gini coefficients of education based on data from Barro and Lee (2010) for 146 countries for the years 1950-2010. We compare them to an earlier data set and run some related LOESS fit regressions on average years of schooling and GDP per capita, both showing negative slopes, and among the latter two variables. Tertiary education is shown to reduce education inequality. A growth regression shows that tertiary education increases growth, Gini coefficients of education have a u-shaped impact on growth and labour force growth has an inverted u-shape effect on growth.

JEL Classification: E24, I24, I25, O15, Y1

Keywords: Human capital distribution, education inequality, growth, new data

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