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An analysis of educational attainment in Malta

Tiziana M. Gauci ()

No PP/03/2021, CBM Policy Papers from Central Bank of Malta

Abstract: This study looks at the trends in educational attainment of the Maltese population over the last 15 years. Data obtained from the Labour Force Survey (LFS) show that the educational attainment of the Maltese workforce has ameliorated significantly during this period, though it still falls short of the European Union (EU) benchmark in some respects. The first part of this study looks at the long-term trends in education attainment in Malta and how it compared with other EU countries. In terms of EU targets, Malta had reached its national target with respect to the percentage of persons aged between 30 and 34 years having a tertiary level of education already in 2017. On the contrary, despite the country managed to half the rate of early school leavers from its 2005 levels, the rate of early school leavers in 2020 is still short of the EU’s benchmark. The second part compares the earnings, employment and unemployment of high skilled workers compared to those with lower levels of education. The third section looks at the main factors behind the increase in education attainment. The share of population having a tertiary level of education increased to 28.0% in 2020, up from 10.3% in 2005. In addition, this section attempts to measure the efficiency of public spending in Malta, with indicators for primary, secondary and tertiary indicators, as well as the role of migration.

JEL-codes: I21 I26 J24 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 34 pgs
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