On Literacy Rankings
AbstractThis paper is concerned with the issue of characterizing the situations in which all the literacy indices, consistent with a set of reasonable axioms, would provide the same ranking of societies. It is shown that a theory, analogous to that developed for the Lorenz order in the study of income inequality, can be obtained in the study of literacy, by extending the standard mathematical theory relating gauge functions to convex functions, and the theory of majorization.
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