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Leaving Their Mark : Using Danish Student Grade Lists to Construct a More Detailed Measure of Historical Human Capital

Ford, Nick LU ; Ranestad, Kristin LU and Sharp, Paul (2021) In EHES Working Paper
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We provide a brief overview of the educational history of Denmark and document archival and printed sources covering the development of primary, secondary, and tertiary education. In particular, we focus on student grade lists, which are available for individuals at all levels of education from the early nineteenth century until well into the twentieth century. We suggest that these can be used to construct more detailed measures of human capital than those usually employed, making it possible to deconstruct aggregate education into e.g. knowledge of science or humanities, as well as to measure the extent to which this was actually learned, as captured by the grades achieved. Given the role usually attributed to human capital for... (More)
We provide a brief overview of the educational history of Denmark and document archival and printed sources covering the development of primary, secondary, and tertiary education. In particular, we focus on student grade lists, which are available for individuals at all levels of education from the early nineteenth century until well into the twentieth century. We suggest that these can be used to construct more detailed measures of human capital than those usually employed, making it possible to deconstruct aggregate education into e.g. knowledge of science or humanities, as well as to measure the extent to which this was actually learned, as captured by the grades achieved. Given the role usually attributed to human capital for development, and perhaps particularly with regards the Nordic countries, such data has the potential to greatly increase our understanding of how Denmark became the rich and successful country it is today. (Less)
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Denmark, grade lists, human capital, education, marks, graduate, exams, examinations, I21, N33, N34
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EHES Working Paper
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207
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23 pages
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European Historical Economics Society
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The life course of graduates: Assessing the economic effects of education in Scandinavia, 1880–1920
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English
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  abstract     = {We provide a brief overview of the educational history of Denmark and document archival and printed sources covering the development of primary, secondary, and tertiary education. In particular, we focus on student grade lists, which are available for individuals at all levels of education from the early nineteenth century until well into the twentieth century. We suggest that these can be used to construct more detailed measures of human capital than those usually employed, making it possible to deconstruct aggregate education into e.g. knowledge of science or humanities, as well as to measure the extent to which this was actually learned, as captured by the grades achieved. Given the role usually attributed to human capital for development, and perhaps particularly with regards the Nordic countries, such data has the potential to greatly increase our understanding of how Denmark became the rich and successful country it is today.},
  author       = {Ford, Nick and Ranestad, Kristin and Sharp, Paul},
  language     = {eng},
  month        = {02},
  note         = {Working Paper},
  number       = {207},
  publisher    = {European Historical Economics Society},
  series       = {EHES Working Paper},
  title        = {Leaving Their Mark : Using Danish Student Grade Lists to Construct a More Detailed Measure of Historical Human Capital},
  url          = {http://www.ehes.org/EHES_207.pdf},
  year         = {2021},
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