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  • Basu, Kaushik
  • Foster, James E

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This paper presents a new approach to evaluating the aggregate literacy level in a country or region. The resulting 'effective literacy' measure takes into account the intrahousehold externality arising from the presence of a literate member. A simple and natural axiomatic characterization is provided along with an empirical illustration using Indian data.

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Article provided by Royal Economic Society in its journal The Economic Journal.

Volume (Year): 108 (1998)
Issue (Month): 451 (November)
Pages: 1733-49

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Handle: RePEc:ecj:econjl:v:108:y:1998:i:451:p:1733-49

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