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Expected years of schooling

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UNDP relies on: CEDLAS and World Bank (2023), ICF Macro Demographic and Health Surveys (various years), UNESCO Institute for Statistics (2023) and United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) Multiple Indicator Cluster Surveys (various years).

Expected years of schooling
Number of years a child of school-entrance-age can expect to receive if the current age-specific enrollment rates persist throughout the child's years of schooling.
Source
UNDP, Human Development Report (2024) – with minor processing by Our World in Data
Last updated
April 9, 2024
Next expected update
April 2025
Date range
1990–2022
Unit
years

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The 2023/24 Human Development Report assesses the dangerous gridlock resulting from uneven development progress, intensifying inequality, and escalating political polarization, that we must urgently tackle. The report emphasizes how global interdependence is being reconfigured and proposes a path forward where multilateralism plays a pivotal role.

Additional resources related to the 2023/2024 Human Development Report can be found online at http://hdr.undp.org. Resources on the website include digital versions and translations of the Report and the overview in multiple languages, an interactive web version of the Report, a set of background papers and think pieces commissioned for the Report, interactive data visualizations and databases of human development indicators, full explanations of the sources and methodologies used in the Report’s composite indices, country insights and other background materials, and previous global, regional and national Human Development Reports. Corrections and addenda are also available online.

Technical notes (region definitions, reports, etc.) can be found at https://hdr.undp.org/sites/default/files/2023-24_HDR/hdr2023-24_technical_notes.pdf.

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UNDP (United Nations Development Programme). 2024. Human Development Report 2023-24: Breaking the gridlock: Reimagining cooperation in a polarized world. New York.

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“Data Page: Expected years of schooling”, part of the following publication: Bastian Herre and Pablo Arriagada (2023) - “The Human Development Index and related indices: what they are and what we can learn from them”. Data adapted from UNDP, Human Development Report. Retrieved from https://ourworldindata.org/grapher/expected-years-of-schooling [online resource]
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UNDP, Human Development Report (2024) – with minor processing by Our World in Data. “Expected years of schooling” [dataset]. UNDP, Human Development Report, “Human Development Report 2023-2024” [original data]. Retrieved June 25, 2024 from https://ourworldindata.org/grapher/expected-years-of-schooling