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Rates of Return on Investments in Education


This module presents estimates of the monetary benefits of investments in schooling. Several surveys of the rate of return literature exist in print form, dating back to the early 1970s. However, this is the first electronic collection of published estimates of the returns to investment in education. This module presents the first attempt to collect all available estimates on returns on investment in education from over 70 countries in an electronic format. The module includes estimates that are comparable over time for several countries; Mincerian rates of returns (latest year); returns by level; level and gender; curriculum type; subject; and economic sector. The data sources include: literature surveys conducted by former and current World Bank staff; recent research papers; and internet sources.

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