Barro-Lee Schooling Data

The standard dataset for working with cross-country schooling data.

Covers educational attainment by [year, country, age group, sex].

How is this constructed?

  • mainly from household surveys
  • since there are not many surveys for most countries, there is a lot of interpolation

Getting the Data

Download Stata files from the Barro-Lee web site.

Each row is a country / year.

Each column is a variable.

Each file is one sex.

Importing Into Matlab

Make the Stata file into a Matlab dataset using Stat/Transfer.

Write a function var_load_yc_bl2013 that extracts one variable for a given set of years and countries.