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[IWS] World Bank: EDUCATION ATTAINMENT IN THE MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA: SUCCESS AT A COST [December 2014]

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World Bank

Policy Research Working Paper 7127

 

EDUCATION ATTAINMENT IN THE MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA: SUCCESS AT A COST [December 2014]

by Iqbal, Farrukh; Kiendrebeogo, Youssouf.

https://openknowledge.worldbank.org/handle/10986/20609

or

https://openknowledge.worldbank.org/bitstream/handle/10986/20609/WPS7127.pdf?sequence=1

[full-text, 24 pages]

 

This paper reviews the experience of the

Middle East and North Africa region in education attainment

over the past four decades (1970-2010). It documents the

following main findings: (a) all countries in the region

experienced significant improvements in educational

attainment over this period; (b) most countries in the

region did better in this regard than comparators that had

roughly the same education stocks in 1970; (c) collectively,

the region achieved a greater percentage increase in

education than other regions; (d) the region's better

performance was in part because of higher rates of public

spending on education, better food sufficiency status, and a

lower initial stock of education in 1970 in comparison with

most other developing country regions; and (e) the region

had among the lowest payoffs to public spending in terms of

increments in education stock; the impressive advance in

education was achieved at high cost.

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