In approximately a month, I am presenting a paper on international attainment patterns at the History of Education Society annual meeting in Chicago. Below is a figure from the paper, a motion chart of attainment data for 25-29 year olds by level of schooling calculated from the harmonized attainment variable in the International Public Use Microdata Sample set for 30 countries.1 The default horizontal axis is the proportion of the population having completed at least primary schooling; the default vertical access is the ratio of secondary completions to primary completions (i.e., the proportion of primary completers progressing on to secondary completion). The bubbles are sized according to population (for 25-29 year olds for that sex).
Source: Minnesota Population Center. Integrated Public Use Microdata Series, International: Version 6.1 [Machine-readable database]. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota, 2011.
- The inclusion rule was the availability of the key variables for three censuses in the summer, when I pulled down the data. Since then, South Africa has had a third census released for IPUMS. I need to look more closely at the data for Columbia and Germany, and if you watch carefully you will understand why. [↩]