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Is Literacy a Multi-dimensional Concept? Some Empirical Evidence

Georgios Panos (), Theocharis Kromydas, Michael Osborne and Robert Wright ()

Working Papers from Business School - Economics, University of Glasgow

Abstract: Literacy is a multi-dimensional concept. In this chapter, seven potential dimensions of literacy are considered: (1) Mathematical literacy, (2) Foreign language literacy, (3) Digital literacy, (4) Financial literacy, (5) Political literacy, (6) Environmental literacy, and (7) Health literacy. Data from the Glasgow-based Integrated Multimedia City Data (iMCD) project included information that allows for the operationalization of these dimensions. Multiple-regression analysis is used to explore the correlates of these dimensions of literacy. One key finding is that there are gender differences in all the dimensions of literacy. There are large advantages in favour of males with respect to political, digital, financial, and environmental literacy, health and mathematical literacy. The only advantage in the favour of females is foreign language literacy.

JEL-codes: G53 I22 O33 Z13 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020-10
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