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Indicators Part V: Education Returns: Educational Attainment and Income

The indicators in this section address the educational attainment of the adult population, as well as the relationship of education to employment and income, in G-20 countries. They also explore differences between men and women in educational attainment and its relationship to employment and income.

  • Indicator 25 examines the first-time graduation rates at two key education levels: upper secondary education and academic higher education below the doctoral level.
  • Indicator 26 presents data on the level of education attained by two adult groups in the population: 25- to 64-year-olds (i.e., the working age population generally) and 25- to 34-year-olds (i.e., young adults).
  • Indicator 27 describes the percentages of first university degrees awarded in four combined fields of study: social sciences, business, and law; science, mathematics, and engineering; the arts and humanities; and education. This indicator identifies in which fields the population is being educated and the relative prevalence of degrees awarded in those fields
  • Indicator 28 presents the employment rates of 25- to 64-year-olds by different levels of education and by sex.
  • Indicator 29 presents data on the percentages of 25- to 64-year-olds who earn different amounts of income based on their education level and relative to their country's median income.

The indicators in this section draw on data from Education at a Glance 2013: OECD Indicators (OECD 2013a).