Functional literacy, educational attainment and earnings : a multi-country comparison

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dc.contributor.authorDenny, Kevin-
dc.contributor.authorHarmon, Colm-
dc.contributor.authorO'Sullivan, Vincent-
dc.date.accessioned2009-03-09T12:33:20Z-
dc.date.available2009-03-09T12:33:20Z-
dc.date.copyrightUCD School of Economics 2003en
dc.date.issued2003-08-
dc.identifier.other200319en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10197/939-
dc.description.abstractIn this paper a rich and innovative dataset, the International Adult Literacy Survey, is used to examine the impact of functional literacy on earnings. We show that the estimated return to formal education is sensitive to the inclusion of literacy: excluding it biases the return to education in many countries by significant amounts. Literacy itself has a well-determined effect on earnings in all countries though with considerable variation in the size of the effect. The benefits of literacy do not only arise from increasing low levels of literacy: increases at already high levels generate substantial increases in earnings in some countries. In general we find little interaction between schooling and literacy though for a few countries they appear to complement each other.en
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dc.publisherUniversity College Dublin. School of Economicsen
dc.publisherUniversity College Dublin. Institute for the Study of Social Change (Geary Institute)-
dc.relation.ispartofseriesUCD Centre for Economic Research Working Paper Seriesen
dc.relation.ispartofseriesWP03/19en
dc.relation.ispartofseriesISSC Discussion Paper Series-
dc.relation.ispartofseries2003/12-
dc.relation.uriFunctional literacy, educational attainment and earnings : evidence from the international adult literacy survey (2000)en
dc.relation.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10197/732en
dc.subject.lcshLiteracyen
dc.subject.lcshWages--Effect of education onen
dc.subject.lcshInternational Adult Literacy Surveyen
dc.titleFunctional literacy, educational attainment and earnings : a multi-country comparisonen
dc.typeWorking Paperen
dc.internal.authorurlKevin Denny (web page)en
dc.internal.authorurlhttp://www.ucd.ie/research/people/economics/drkevinjmdenny/en
dc.internal.authorurlColm Harmon (web page)en
dc.internal.authorurlhttp://www.ucd.ie/research/people/gearyinstitute/professorcolmharmon/home/en
dc.internal.authoridUCD0005en
dc.internal.authoridUCD0009en
dc.internal.availabilityFull text availableen
dc.internal.webversionshttp://www.ucd.ie/economics/research/papers/2003/WP03.19.pdf-
dc.statusNot peer revieweden
dc.neeo.contributorDenny|Kevin|aut|-
dc.neeo.contributorHarmon|Colm|aut|-
dc.neeo.contributorO'Sullivan|Vincent|aut|-
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