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Public spending on education, percent of GDP, 2021:

The average for 2021 based on 13 countries was 3.99 percent. The highest value was in Costa Rica: 6.28 percent and the lowest value was in Haiti: 1.84 percent. The indicator is available from 1970 to 2022. Below is a chart for all countries where data are available.

Measure: percent; Source: UNESCO
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Countries Education spending, percent of GDP, 2021 Global rank Available data
Costa Rica 6.28 1 1980 - 2021
Honduras 5.81 2 1978 - 2022
Argentina 4.65 3 1970 - 2021
Uruguay 4.41 4 1979 - 2022
Nicaragua 4.09 5 1970 - 2021
Peru 3.97 6 1973 - 2022
Domin. Rep. 3.75 7 1970 - 2022
Ecuador 3.69 8 1970 - 2022
El Salvador 3.53 9 1975 - 2022
Paraguay 3.41 10 1970 - 2022
Panama 3.27 11 1970 - 2022
Guatemala 3.11 12 1970 - 2022
Haiti 1.84 13 1981 - 2022



Definition: General government expenditure on education (current, capital, and transfers) is expressed as a percentage of GDP. It includes expenditure funded by transfers from international sources to government. General government usually refers to local, regional and central governments.

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