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National Datasets in Education

The past 50 years have seen a proliferation in the collection of large national education datasets as government agencies such as the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) and the Bureau of Labor Statistics have fielded surveys designed to facilitate analyses on questions of interest to the agencies. These data collection efforts have generated a wealth of secondary data ripe for analysis by researchers in economics of education and related fields. This entry provides an introduction to national datasets available for the analysis of educational issues at different units of aggregation (institutions vs. individuals) and covering different points in individuals’ educational careers. Most of these datasets are designed to be nationally representative, although a few that are somewhat more narrowly targeted are included as ...

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