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# st: Basic question about Barro-Lee's education attainment dataset

 From "Li, S. W." To statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu Subject st: Basic question about Barro-Lee's education attainment dataset Date Tue, 18 Sep 2007 17:25:32 +0100

```Hello Everyone,

I am wondering if anyone here who has some experience of utilization of
Barro-Lee's education attainment datasets can help me. I know this is
not quite relevant to Stata here, but I am going to use Stata to deal
with Barro-Lee's datasets and before that, I have to have a clear image
about the relationship among various variables in Barro-Lee's datasets.

In their datasets, there are two groups of variables. one is about the
percentage of "primary/secondary/higher school attained" in
total/male/female population. For example, lu (no schooling), lp, ls,and
lh. Obviously, lu+lp+ls+lh=100%.

The other group of variables is about the percentage of
"primary/secondary/higher school complete" in total/male/female
population. For example, lpc, lsc, lhc. Here I only find that the
attained variables are bigger than their counterparts; lp>lpc,
ls>lsc,and lh>lhc.

So my question is what the difference between the attained variables and
the complete variables is. What are their definitions and how to use the
complete variables?

I found the only clue in Barro-Lee (93) saying that "Complete first
level: Anyone who completed the final year of primary school (or, in
some cases, reached the penultimate year of primary school), but did not
advance to secondary school."

Can anyone help?
Best regards,
Li

Aberdeen University

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