New methods for comparing literacy across populations : insights from the measurement of poverty
|Title:||New methods for comparing literacy across populations : insights from the measurement of poverty||Authors:||Denny, Kevin||Permanent link:||http://hdl.handle.net/10197/919||Date:||Apr-2000||Online since:||2009-03-02T16:41:52Z||Abstract:||This paper analyses levels of low literacy across twelve countries using the International Adult Literacy Survey. We go beyond existing work that only looks at the proportions below certain critical levels of literacy. Using methods developed for the measurement of poverty we calculate measures of literacy that are sensitive to the distribution of literacy within those defined as illiterate. This reveals a different pattern of the extent of literacy problems across countries and within some populations. These measures should be useful to policy makers who need to allocate resources to alleviate low literacy and numeracy.||Type of material:||Working Paper||Publisher:||University College Dublin. School of Economics||Series/Report no.:||UCD Centre for Economic Research Working Paper Series; WP00/07||Copyright (published version):||UCD School of Economics 2000||Keywords:||Literacy; Numeracy; Poverty; Education policy||Subject LCSH:||Literacy
Education and state
|Other versions:||http://www.ucd.ie/economics/research/papers/2000/WP00.07.pdf||Language:||en||Status of Item:||Not peer reviewed|
|Appears in Collections:||Economics Working Papers & Policy Papers|
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