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Spain | The educational level of the Spanish population and regions: update through 2019

Published on Tuesday, July 6, 2021

Document number 21/06

Spain | The educational level of the Spanish population and regions: update through 2019

Using data from the Spanish Labor Force Survey (EPA), this Working Paper extends through 2019, the annual series of the educational level of the Spanish population and regions produced in de la Fuente and Doménech (2016) for the period 1960-2011.

Key points

  • Key points:
  • It describes the current structure of the Spanish educational system and its evolution over the last few decades, estimates educational levels in 2019 and presents its main findings.
  • The results of this update indicate that between 2011 and 2019, the number of years of schooling had increased 8.9% in Spain as a whole — from 9.5 to 10.4 years.
  • However, it is notable that, unlike in previous decades, in the last ten years no progress has been made in human capital convergence between Spanish regions.

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