New methods for comparing literacy across populations : insights from the measurement of poverty

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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
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
Copyright (published version): UCD School of Economics 2000
Keywords: Literacy;Numeracy;Poverty;Education policy
Subject LCSH: Literacy
Education and state
Poverty
Language: en
Status of Item: Not peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:Economics Working Papers & Policy Papers

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