The economic and social cost of illiteracy: a snapshot of illiteracy in a global context


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Author: Cree, Anthony; Kay, Andrew; Steward, June


The purpose of this report is to highlight the economic and social cost of illiteracy to the global economy. It discusses the causes and issues surrounding illiteracy, the direct link between poverty and illiteracy, how tackling literacy has a very real and measurable impact on the growth of an economy, and recommendations for combating the state of illiteracy as it stands in the world today. The findings of this final report include: the cost of illiteracy to the global economy is estimated at 1.19 trillion dollars; and the effects of illiteracy are very similar in developing and...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Literacy; Culture and society; Economics; Disadvantaged; Outcomes

Keywords: Illiteracy; Social cost; Economics of education and training; Poverty; Outcomes of education and training

Published: Melbourne, Victoria: World Literacy Foundation, 2012

Physical description: 17 p.

Resource type: Report, paper or authored book

Document number: TD/TNC 117.714

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