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Literacy and Education in Ireland

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  • Kevin Denny

    (University College Dublin and IFS, London)

  • Colm Harmon

    (University College Dublin and CEPR, London)

  • Dorren McMahon

    (University College Dublin and Nuffield College, Oxford)

  • Sandra Redmond

    (University College Dublin)

Abstract

Recent media attention has focused on the low ranking of Ireland in a major international study on literacy. In this paper we examine the dataset used in these studies to consider the reason behind the low ranking. We find significant evidence that the underlying reason for this is the low level of formal schooling of older individuals, possibly due to the lack of free secondary schooling. Moreover we find that formal schooling in Ireland has a bigger effect on literacy outcomes than in either Northern Ireland or Great Britain.

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Article provided by Economic and Social Studies in its journal Economic and Social Review.

Volume (Year): 30 (1999)
Issue (Month): 3 ()
Pages: 215-226

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Handle: RePEc:eso:journl:v:30:y:1999:i:3:p:215-226

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  1. Denny, K.J. & Harmon, C.P., 2000. "Education Policy Reform and the Return to Schooling from Instrumental Variables," Papers 00/12, College Dublin, Department of Political Economy-.
  2. Kevin J Denny & Colm P Harmon & Vincent O’Sullivan, 2003. "Functional Literacy, Educational Attainment and Earnings - A Multi-Country Comparison," Working Papers 200319, School Of Economics, University College Dublin.
  3. Kevin Denny & Colm Harmon & Vincent O'Sullivan, 2004. "Education, earnings and skills: a multi-country comparison," IFS Working Papers W04/08, Institute for Fiscal Studies.

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