Sofoklis Goulas

Economist

Sofoklis Goulas

Economist

Data Collection

New Data on Education:

Since 2011, my colleague Rigissa Megalokonomou and I have combined forces in collecting new and original data on education in Greece. We have spent a lot of time and effort visiting schools, conducting interviews, and collecting novel data. So far we have created two novel and unique datasets:

(1) Data on university entrance exam scores, university admission and college major

We have collected cross-sectional data on university entrance exam performance, university of admission, self-reported college major preferences and actual college major for the universe of high school graduates in Greece between 2003 and 2011.

(2) School transcript data on demographics, school performance, class attendance and class composition.

Our data follows a randomly selected sample of high school students in Greece over the last three grades of secondary education. Our data span ten cohorts between 2001 and 2011 and almost 150 schools. We have visited schools in large cities as well as in isolated islands and we are happy to have gotten our hands dirty in the collection of primary data.