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What factors influence world literacy? : is Africa different?

Author: Dorte Verner
Publisher: [Washington, D.C.] : World Bank, Latin America and the Caribbean Region, Social Development Family, [2005]
Series: Policy research working papers, 3496.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : International government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Ninety-five percent of the world's illiterate people live in developing countries, and about 70 percent are women. Female illiteracy rates are particularly high in Sub-Saharan Africa. In Niger and Burkina Faso, for example, more than 90 percent of women are illiterate. This paper presents a model of literacy. It shows that the main determinants of worldwide literacy are enrollment rates, average years of schooling  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Case studies
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Verner, Dorte.
What factors influence world literacy?.
[Washington, D.C.] : World Bank, Latin America and the Caribbean Region, Social Development Family, [2005]
(OCoLC)57745062
Material Type: Document, Government publication, International government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Dorte Verner
OCLC Number: 646976145
Reproduction Notes: Electronic reproduction. [S.l.] : HathiTrust Digital Library, 2010. MiAaHDL
Description: 1 online resource (25 pages).
Details: Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Series Title: Policy research working papers, 3496.
Responsibility: Dorte Verner.

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"Ninety-five percent of the world's illiterate people live in developing countries, and about 70 percent are women. Female illiteracy rates are particularly high in Sub-Saharan Africa. In Niger and Burkina Faso, for example, more than 90 percent of women are illiterate. This paper presents a model of literacy. It shows that the main determinants of worldwide literacy are enrollment rates, average years of schooling of adults, and life expectancy at birth. Income has a weak nonlinear effect, negatively affecting literacy until a threshold level of per-capita income of about $2,200 a year is reached and positively affecting literacy thereafter. Finally, African countries do not have a significantly higher literacy rate when controlling for other factors. This paper--a product of the Social Development Family, Latin America and the Caribbean Region--is part of a larger effort in the Bank to reduce poverty and social exclusion"--World Bank web site.

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