World Education Spending 2000-2021

General government expenditure on education (current, capital, and transfers) is expressed as a percentage of total general government expenditure on all sectors (including health, education, social services, etc.). It includes expenditure funded by transfers from international sources to government. General government usually refers to local, regional and central governments.
  • World education spending for 2017 was 14.34%, a 0.3% decline from 2016.
  • World education spending for 2016 was 14.64%, a 0.29% increase from 2015.
  • World education spending for 2015 was 14.35%, a 0.38% increase from 2014.
  • World education spending for 2014 was 13.97%, a 0.15% decline from 2013.
Data Source: World Bank

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Similar Country Ranking
Country Name Education Spending (% of GDP)
Sub-Saharan Africa 17.12%
Latin America & Caribbean 17.04%
South Asia 15.10%
World 14.34%
OECD members 12.11%
Euro Area 11.85%
European Union 11.44%
World Education Spending - Historical Data
Year Education Spending (% of GDP) Annual Change
2017 14.34% -0.30%
2016 14.64% 0.29%
2015 14.35% 0.38%
2014 13.97% -0.15%
2013 14.12% -0.25%
2012 14.37% 0.72%
2011 13.65% -0.51%
2010 14.16% 0.13%
2009 14.03% -0.15%
2008 14.18% 0.12%
2007 14.07% 0.03%
2006 14.04% 0.04%
2005 13.99% -0.21%
2004 14.20% -0.85%
2003 15.05% 0.50%
2002 14.55% 0.09%
2001 14.46% 1.10%
2000 13.36% 1.10%