International Perspectives

About this Indicator

This indicator measures the percentage of adults aged 25-34 who have an associate degree or higher among OECD nations and U.S. states.

As the forces of globalization diminish barriers between countries, states will increasingly compete for knowledge-based industries and jobs on an international stage. Completion of postsecondary education is essential for developing a stock of human capital that enables states to retain a strong competitive advantage. While each of these countries has its own cultural characteristics, political climate, and economic conditions, specific policy mechanisms may partially explain differences in degree attainment.

Data Source

OECD. StatExtracts. U.S. Census Bureau. American Community Survey.