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China Education

By Judd Legum on May 29, 2008 at 11:57 am

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[Matt]

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.

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