China Education



Alex Tabarrok posts this chart of burgeoning educational attainment in China, and says that though “Many people worry about what the Chinese education explosion means for the United States but I am optimistic.” I agree. In fact, if anything the thing to worry about is that these kind of statistics are too optimistic about what’s taking place in China — oftentimes you’ll hear a claim about some Asian country producing ninety trillion new engineers a year and it turns out that they’re just counting every repairman as an engineer.

That said, the underlying point is that a better-educated, more-prosperous China is something Americans should welcome. Not only is it good for Chinese people (hardly a small thing) but it’s good for Americans, too.