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A Comparative Analysis of Literacy Rate in Contributing to Social Exclusion Insights

Edgardo Bucciarelli, Carmen Pagliari, Fabrizio Muratore and Iacopo Odoardi
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Edgardo Bucciarelli: Università “G. d'Annunzio” di Chieti-Pescara
Carmen Pagliari: Università “G. d'Annunzio” di Chieti-Pescara
Fabrizio Muratore: Università “G. d'Annunzio” di Chieti-Pescara
Iacopo Odoardi: Università “G. d'Annunzio” di Chieti-Pescara

Chapter 3 in Social Exclusion. Short and Long Term Causes and Consequences, 2012, pp 35-66 from AIEL - Associazione Italiana Economisti del Lavoro

Abstract: Our contribution aims to analyse across countries the relationship between the phenomena of social exclusion and literacy levels, and to consider the implications of this relationship on economic growth. A low level of literacy, affecting the employment status, precludes the possibility to enter and operate freely in society, while poverty and persistent social exclusion of a person or family make difficult to address appropriate educational and training paths. Therefore, our study has rejoined two issues which influence almost all decisions adopted by policy makers, especially in the Western world. The opening issue is the level of education, which should constitute the human capital of a country, through appropriate investment, and the second one is the relational conditions of social dynamics, which highlight the so-called social capital. Together these two types of intangible capitals constitute a strong support for the long-term development of a country. Our quantitative analysis is also addressed to detect differences and peculiarities among the different national realities, with the ultimate purpose to recognize which socio-economic variables affect more directly the processes of education.

Keywords: Social Exclusion; Literacy Rate; Education; Human Capital; Maximum Likelihood; Hierarchical Clusters. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C82 I21 O50 O57 Y10 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2012
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