ERIC Number: ED052437
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Aug-3
Reference Count: 0
Cost-Benefit Analysis in Adult Literacy Programmes.
Holtmann, A. G.
The usefulness of cost-benefit analysis in evaluating programs to reduce illiteracy is considered, and the advantages and limitations of this approach are illustrated by citing results from studies concerning the returns to investment in education. The discussion of cost-benefit analysis is based primarily on the assumption that the value of consumption in the society, given a certain distribution of income, is the goal of society. Other goals that society might wish to implement through government literacy programs are: (1) to redistribute income among certain racial groups, certain age groups, or regional areas; (2) to stimulate economic growth and guarantee a self-sufficient economy; and (3) to help correct its balance of payments problems. Methods of implementing these side goals are discussed. Rates of return to literacy and primary education are illustrated by results of studies conducted in India, Latin America, and the United States. Cost-benefit analysis in adult literacy programs provides the decision maker with a useful tool with which to make more rational choices in the allocation of funds to education. (DB)
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Authoring Institution: United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization, Paris (France).
Note: Third Meeting of the Panel for the Evaluation of Experimental Literacy Projects (Teheran, Esfahan, September 8-17, 1970)