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A merican teenagers perform considerably worse on international assessments of achievement than do teenagers in other high-income countries. This observation has been a source of great concern since the first international tests were administered in the 1960s (for example, Dillon, 2007), not least because of the correlation found between these test scores and economic growth (Hanushek and Woessmann, 2007) . But does this skill gap persist into adulthood? In this paper, we examine this questiondoi:10.3386/w14073 fatcat:hm4tlwz2hja2nktbw6v6lfwbva