ERIC Number: ED458182
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
Reference Count: N/A
Access to Education for the Poor in Europe and Central Asia: Preliminary Evidence and Policy Implications. World Bank Technical Paper No. 511.
In Europe and Central Asia, the poor face three problems: (1) the education system as a whole does not work well, and hence fails to meet their needs; (2) the private cost of education has risen, so that "education," as a commodity, competes with other consumption goods in shrinking household budgets; and (3) the perceived benefits of education (in terms of higher wage earnings) are still low, thereby undermining long-term incentives to invest in education. This paper shows the discrepancy between Central European and former Soviet Union countries in the contribution of "education" in explaining wage earnings inequality. The discrepancy can be explained by factors such as the degree of private sector development and the flexibility of the labor market. Although there remains a"taste" for education in Europe and Central Asia, there is also a risk that low-income groups drop out of the education system and irreversibly fall into poverty. (Contains 27 notes, 7 figures, 9 tables, 4 annexes, and 82 references.) (Author/BT)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Educational Benefits, Educational Policy, Educational Research, Foreign Countries, Geographic Regions, Higher Education, Labor Market, Low Income, Poverty
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Authoring Institution: World Bank, Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Location: Asia