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Education Policy in Developing Countries$
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Paul Glewwe

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780226078687

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226078854.001.0001

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Overview of Education Issues in Developing Countries

Overview of Education Issues in Developing Countries

(p.1) 1 Overview of Education Issues in Developing Countries
Education Policy in Developing Countries

Paul Glewwe

University of Chicago Press

Economists and other researchers, as well as most policymakers in developing countries, agree that there are important benefits from increasing the education of the populations in those countries. Indeed, governments in developing countries spend about $700 billion each year on education. Despite this spending, 13% of children in developing countries do not finish primary school, over one third do not enroll in secondary school, and students in developing countries learn far less than students in developed countries. Thus there is an urgent need to find policies that will improve education outcomes in those countries. This volume takes stock of what recent research has found, presents the implications of this research for education policies in developing countries, and sets priorities for future research on education in those countries. This chapter lays out the broad issues, and highlights some of the most important findings in the remaining chapters of this book.

Keywords:   Education, developing countries, education policy, chapter summaries

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