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Leaving Their Mark: Using Danish Student Grade Lists to Construct a More Detailed Measure of Historical Human Capital

Nicholas Ford, Kristin Ranestad and Paul Sharp
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Kristin Ranestad: Lund University

No 207, Working Papers from European Historical Economics Society (EHES)

Abstract: We provide a brief overview of the educational history of Denmark and document archival and printed sources covering the development of primary, secondary, and tertiary education. In particular, we focus on student grade lists, which are available for individuals at all levels of education from the early nineteenth century until well into the twentieth century. We suggest that these can be used to construct more detailed measures of human capital than those usually employed, making it possible to deconstruct aggregate education into e.g. knowledge of science or humanities, as well as to measure the extent to which this was actually learned, as captured by the grades achieved. Given the role usually attributed to human capital for development, and perhaps particularly with regards the Nordic countries, such data has the potential to greatly increase our understanding of how Denmark became the rich and successful country it is today.

Keywords: Denmark; grade lists; human capital (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I21 N33 N34 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 20 pages
Date: 2021-02
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