New methods for comparing literacy across populations: insights from the measurement of poverty
AbstractThis paper analyses levels of low literacy across 12 countries by 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. Copyright 2002 Royal Statistical Society.
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- Kevin Denny, 2000. "New methods for comparing literacy across populations: insights from the measurement of poverty," IFS Working Papers W00/07, Institute for Fiscal Studies.
- Kevin Denny, 2000. "New Methods for comparing Literacy across Populations - Insights from the Measurement of Poverty," Working Papers 200007, School Of Economics, University College Dublin.
- Denny, K., 2000. "New methods for Comparing Literacy across Populations: Insights from the Measurement of Poverty," Papers 00/07, College Dublin, Department of Political Economy-.
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