Education: Analysis of the NIDS Wave 1 dataset

Type Working Paper - NIDS Discussion Paper no. 3
Title Education: Analysis of the NIDS Wave 1 dataset
Issue 3
Publication (Day/Month/Year) 2009
The National Income Dynamics Study (NIDS) questionnaires devote considerable attention to education. This report analyzes Wave 1 data corresponding to the sections of the questionnaires that are most specifically related to education – Module B of the household questionnaire, Module C of the child questionnaire, and Module H of the adult questionnaire. Many of the questions in these modules are similar to questions on other national surveys such as the Labour Force Survey (LFS), the General Household Survey (GHS), and the Community Survey (CS). In the first part of this report we compare estimates from NIDS to estimates from the 2007 Community Survey and the LFS 2007 for variables that are captured in both surveys. NIDS also includes a number of education variables that are not captured in other national surveys. These include measures of grade repetition, age of starting and ending school, school fees, reasons for not attending school, and plans for post-secondary schooling. While we do not have space to analyze all of the education variables that are unique to NIDS, we will analyze some of the variables that we believe may be of major interest to researchers and policy makers.

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