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January 20, 2010

Young female college graduates outnumber male graduates except in Japan

CCAP.jpgIn the young adult (25-34) population, male college graduates outnumber female graduates by 36.4 % in Japan. In all other developed countries that were assessed, the number of female graduates exceeds the number of male graduates. In all Scandinavian countries the number of female graduates is higher by at least 33%

In a blog for the Center for College Affordability and Productivity, Richard Vedder writes: 'For eight countries around the world (Australia, Brazil, France, Germany, Korea, Japan, U.K. and the US)I calculated the percent of women who are college graduates in the young adult (25-34) population relative to the percent of male young adults with degrees. In the U.S., the proportion of female graduates exceeds that of males by 22.6 percent (34.2 percent of females have at least a bachelor's degree, vs. 27.9 percent for males.) A similar gap exists in France and even larger ones exist in Brazil (38.1 percent) and Australia (27.1 percent).'

He went on to ask: 'Are there countries where the gender differences are negligible or at least small (under 10 percent)? Sure -- Korea, Germany, and Britain. And there is one country where women are still very clearly underrepresented in college --Japan, where the female proportion is 36.4 percent less than the male one.'

The calculations were based on figures published in Postsecondary Education Opportunity. Click here to see Richard Vedder's blog.

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It goes to show that female students around the world are aiming to get the education they deserve even if they also get private student loans.

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