Government expenditure per student as % of GDP per capita


Average total (current, capital and transfers) general government expenditure per student in the given level of education, expressed as a percentage of GDP per capita.

Data source

Data on education expenditure and on the number of students by level is received by country governments responding to UIS's annual survey on formal education. The data used to fill the questionnaire on education expenditure may come from annual financial reports by the Ministry of Finance and/or the Ministry of Education, and/or national accounts reports by the National Statistical Office. GDP per capita data comes from the World Bank and is updated three times a year.

Source definition

UNESCO Institute for Statistics

Calculation method

Divide total government expenditure for a given level of education (ex. primary, secondary) by total enrolment in that same level, divide again by GDP per capita, and multiply by 100.


To show how much a government is spending on average on one student at a given level of education, in relation to average income per person.

Types of disaggregation

By level of education.