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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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  • Kevin Denny & Colm Harmon & Dorren McMahon & Sandra Redmond, 1999. "Literacy and Education in Ireland," The Economic and Social Review, Economic and Social Studies, vol. 30(3), pages 215-226.
  • 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. Colm Harmon & Kevin Denny & Vincent O'Sullivan, 2003. "Education, earnings and skills : a multi-country comparison," Open Access publications 10197/649, School of Economics, University College Dublin.
    3. Kevin Denny & Colm Harmon & Vincent O'Sullivan, 2003. "Functional literacy, educational attainment and earnings : a multi-country comparison," Working Papers 200319, School of Economics, University College Dublin.

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