Economics at your fingertips  

On the measurement of educational attainment and inequality with ordinal variables

Audrey Dumas and Jacques Silber ()

Education Economics, 2021, vol. 29, issue 2, 158-172

Abstract: Data on educational attainments are often qualitative data where the only information available is the highest level of education of the individual. If these levels of education may be ranked, the information available becomes ordinal. It is then possible to use measures of inequality as well as of overall attainment suggested in recent years (mostly in the field of self-assessed health) for the case where only ordinal information is available. This paper adopts these recent suggestions and proposes new measures of educational inequality and overall educational attainment. Our empirical illustration is based on Eurostat data for the year 2011.

Date: 2021
References: Add references at CitEc
Citations: Track citations by RSS feed

Downloads: (external link) (text/html)
Access to full text is restricted to subscribers.

Related works:
This item may be available elsewhere in EconPapers: Search for items with the same title.

Export reference: BibTeX RIS (EndNote, ProCite, RefMan) HTML/Text

Persistent link:

Ordering information: This journal article can be ordered from

DOI: 10.1080/09645292.2020.1856336

Access Statistics for this article

Education Economics is currently edited by Caren Wareing and Steve Bradley

More articles in Education Economics from Taylor & Francis Journals
Bibliographic data for series maintained by Chris Longhurst ().

Page updated 2022-07-29
Handle: RePEc:taf:edecon:v:29:y:2021:i:2:p:158-172