Educational access and poverty reduction: The case of Ghana 1991–2006

Abstract

Ghana has seen notable poverty reduction alongside improvements in school participation since 1991. This paper examines the role of education in determining welfare and poverty and its reciprocal, the role of welfare and other aspects of economic privilege in the determination of school attendance and progression. Two groups of models are presented using data from the Ghana Living Standard Surveys. The results suggest that education levels play an important role in determining household welfare and that higher levels of education have relatively larger and increasing benefits. Improvements are observed in relation to lower levels of educational access over the period, while the lucrative benefits of progression beyond the compulsory phase are found largely to be the preserve of relatively economically privileged households

Citation

International Journal of Educational Development (2011) 31 (4) 338-349 [10.1016/j.ijedudev.2011.01.002]

Educational access and poverty reduction: The case of Ghana 1991–2006

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