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Pro-Poor Progress in Education in Developing Countries?

  • Kenneth Harttgen
  • Stephan Klasen
  • Mark Misselhorn

    (University of Göttingen)

Attendance in education and associated years of schooling have expanded substantially in developing countries in recent years. But has this expansion in enrolments reduced existing inequalities in educational access and achievements? This paper analyzes differences in improvements in the access to the education system and in educational outcomes across the welfare distribution between and within countries, and also by gender and regions for a sample of 37 developing countries using Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS). For the analysis, the toolbox of pro-poor growth analysis is applied to several educational indicators. We find drastic inequalities in educational attendance across the income distribution. Interestingly, inequalities in attendance declines with rising average attendance, while inequality in completion rates or schooling years increases with rising completion rates or schooling years.

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Article provided by Università di Perugia in its journal Review of Economics and Institutions.

Volume (Year): 1 (2010)
Issue (Month): 1 ()
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