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What factors influence world literacy? is Africa different?
 
Author:Verner, Dorte; Collection Title:Policy, Research working papers ; no. WPS 3496
Country:Africa; Date Stored:2005/02/15
Document Date:2005/01/01Document Type:Policy Research Working Paper
Language:EnglishRegion:Africa
Report Number:WPS3496SubTopics:Primary Education; Curriculum & Instruction; Education Reform and Management; Public Health Promotion; Gender and Education; Nonformal Education
Volume No:1 of 1  

Summary: Ninety-five percent of the worldメs illiterate people live in developing countries, and about 70 percent are women. Female illiteracy rates are particularly high in Sub-Saharan Africa. In Niger and Burkina Faso, for example, more than 90 percent of women are illiterate. This paper presents a model of literacy. It shows that the main determinants of worldwide literacy are enrollment rates, average years of schooling of adults, and life expectancy at birth. Income has a weak nonlinear effect, negatively affecting literacy until a threshold level of per-capita income of about $2200 a year is reached and positively affecting literacy thereafter. Finally, African countries do not have a significantly higher literacy rate when controlling for other factors.

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