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Educational attainments in developing countries: new estimates and projections disaggregated by gender

Vinod Kumar Ahuja, Deon P. Filmer and Ahuja, Vinod*Filmer, Deon
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No 1489, Policy Research Working Paper Series from The World Bank

Abstract: The authors present new estimates of educational attainment in 71 developing countries for the years 1985, 1990 and 1995. They also project levels of educational attainment through the year 2020 by using the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization's projections of enrollment and the International Labor Organization's projections of population by age and sex. The projections suggest interesting trends: 1) growth of stock in human capital is expected to be highest in the Middle East and North Africa and lowest in sub-Saharan Africa; 2) South Asia -- currently the least educated part of the world is expected to substantially augment its stock of human capital by the year 2020; 3) in most regions, enrollment levels are expected to remain lower for girls than boys; and 4) the gender gap in education may have risen in the past decade, this trend toward a widening of the gender gap may continue unless countries intensify their efforts to educate girls.

Keywords: Educational Sciences; Gender and Development; Inequality; Primary Education; Secondary Education (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 1995-07-31
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