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Socio-economic factors determining adult literacy in developing countries

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  • Krishna Mazumdar

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Purpose – This study attempts to find the socio-economic factors behind the differential achievement level in adult literacy in developing countries. Design/methodology/approach – Considers a number of theories. These include modernization theory, dependency/world systems theory, developmental state theory, new human ecology theory and convergence-divergence theory as an explanation of the differential level of adult literacy rate. Findings – The findings reveal the importance of the initial level of adult literacy and the population growth. Similarly short-term economic growth has a significant impact on the initial level of adult literacy, and the medium human development and low human development samples Originality/value – This attempt to find the factors behind adult literacy is of importance not only as a constituent indicator of the human development index, but also through its various contributions towards economic growth.

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Article provided by Emerald Group Publishing in its journal International Journal of Social Economics.

Volume (Year): 32 (2005)
Issue (Month): 1/2 (January)
Pages: 98-120

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Handle: RePEc:eme:ijsepp:v:32:y:2005:i:1/2:p:98-120

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Keywords: Adults; Developing countries; Literacy; Social economics;

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  1. Ziesemer, Thomas, 2010. "The Impact of the Credit Crisis on Poor Developing Countries and the Role of China in Pulling and Crowding Us Out," MERIT Working Papers 004, United Nations University - Maastricht Economic and Social Research Institute on Innovation and Technology (MERIT).
  2. Ziesemer, Thomas, 2008. "Worker remittances, migration, accumulation and growth in poor developing countries," MERIT Working Papers 063, United Nations University - Maastricht Economic and Social Research Institute on Innovation and Technology (MERIT).
  3. Ziesemer, Thomas H.W., 2012. "Worker remittances, migration, accumulation and growth in poor developing countries: Survey and analysis of direct and indirect effects," Economic Modelling, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 29(2), pages 103-118.
  4. Thomas H.W. Ziesemer, 2009. "Worker Remittances and Growth: The Physical and Human Capital Channels," Journal of Economics and Statistics (Jahrbuecher fuer Nationaloekonomie und Statistik), Justus-Liebig University Giessen, Department of Statistics and Economics, Justus-Liebig University Giessen, Department of Statistics and Economics, vol. 229(6), pages 743-773, December.
  5. Ziesemer, Thomas H.W., 2010. "The impact of the credit crisis on poor developing countries: Growth, worker remittances, accumulation and migration," Economic Modelling, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 27(5), pages 1230-1245, September.

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