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A Brief History of Education in the United States

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  • Claudia Goldin

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This essay is the companion piece to about 550 individual data series on education to be included in the updated Historical Statistics of the United States, Millennial Edition (Cambridge University Press 2000, forthcoming). The essay reviews the broad outlines of U.S. educational history from the nineteenth century to the present, including changes in enrollments, attendance, schools, teachers, and educational finance at the three main schooling levels -- elementary, secondary, and higher education. Data sources are discussed at length, as are issues of comparability across time and data reliability. Some of the data series are provided, as is a brief chronology of important U.S. educational legislation, judicial decisions, and historical time periods.

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Paper provided by National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc in its series NBER Historical Working Papers with number 0119.

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Date of creation: Aug 1999
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Publication status: published as Goldin, Claudia and Lawrence F. Katz. "The Shaping Of Higher Education: The Formative Years In The United States, 1890-1940," Journal of Economic Perspectives, 1999, v13(1,Winter), 37-62.
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  1. Bishop, John Hillman, 1989. "Is the Test Score Decline Responsible for the Productivity Growth Decline?," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 79(1), pages 178-97, March.
  2. Goldin, Claudia, 1998. "America's Graduation from High School: The Evolution and Spread of Secondary Schooling in the Twentieth Century," Scholarly Articles 2664307, Harvard University Department of Economics.
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