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New methods for Comparing Literacy across Populations: Insights from the Measurement of Poverty

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This paper analyses levels of low literacy across twelve countries using the International Adult Literacy Survey. We go beyond existing work that looks at the proportions below certain critical level of literacy. Using methods developed for the measurement of poverty we calculate measures of literacy that are sensitive to the distribution of literacy within those defined as illiterate. This reveals a different pattern of the extent of literacy problems across countries and within some populations.

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  • Denny, K., 2000. "New methods for Comparing Literacy across Populations: Insights from the Measurement of Poverty," Papers 00/07, College Dublin, Department of Political Economy-.
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    Keywords

    POVERTY ; LITERACY;

    JEL classification:

    • I31 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty - - - General Welfare, Well-Being

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