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Angrist, N, S Djankov, P K Goldberg and H A Patrinos (2021), Measuring human capital using global learning dataNature 592, 403–408

Measuring human capital using global learning data, Noam Angrist, Simeon Djankov, Pinelopi K. Goldberg, Harry A. Patrinos, in Nature volume 592, pages 403–408 (2021), has been accessed 13k+ times (as of April 17, 2021) and has an Altmetric score of 393 and is Open Access. (The working paper versions from 2013, 2018a, 2018b and 2019 have been cited 180 times.) The data is used to produce the World Bank’s Human Capital Index.

Human capital—that is, resources associated with the knowledge and skills of individuals—is a critical component of economic development. Learning metrics that are comparable for countries globally are necessary to understand and track the formation of human capital. The increasing use of international achievement tests is an important step in this direction. However, such tests are administered primarily in developed countries, limiting our ability to analyze learning patterns in developing countries that may have the most to gain from the formation of human capital. Here we bridge this gap by constructing a globally comparable database of 164 countries from 2000 to 2017…

VoxEU: Measuring human capital: Learning matters more than schooling | Human capital is a critical component of economic development. But the links between growth and human capital – when measured by years of schooling – are weak. This column introduces a better measurement, using a database that directly measures learning and represents 98% of the global population. The authors find that the link between economic development and human capital is strong when measured in this way. They also show that global progress in learning has been limited over the past two decades, even as enrolment in primary and secondary education has increased.

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