Discussion Paper Series in Economics, Department of Economics, Norwegian School of Economics (NHH)
Education Research and Administrative Data.
(), Krzysztof Karbownik
() and Kjell G. Salvanes
Abstract: Thanks to extraordinary and exponential improvements in
data storage and computing capacities, it is now possible to collect,
manage, and analyze data in magnitudes and in manners that would have been
inconceivable just a short time ago. As the world has developed this
remarkable capacity to store and analyze data, so have the world’s
governments developed large-scale, comprehensive data files on tax
programs, workforce information, benefit programs, health, and education.
While these data are collected for purely administrative purposes, they
represent remarkable new opportunities for expanding our knowledge. This
chapter describes some of the benefits and challenges associated With the
use of administrative data in education research. We also offer specific
case studies of data that have been developed in both the Nordic countries
and the United States, and offer an (incomplete) inventory of data sets
used by social scientists to study education questions on every inhabited
continent on earth.
Keywords: Education Research; administrative data.; (follow links to similar papers)
JEL-Codes: I20; (follow links to similar papers)
84 pages, October 12, 2015
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