The expansion and convergence of compulsory schooling: Lessons for developing countries

Fabrice Murtin, Martina Viarengo 18 January 2013

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One goal of the UN’s Millennium Declaration is “achieving universal primary education” by 2015 (UN 2012). Yet, according to recent statistics, 61 million children of primary school age are not enrolled in school (UNESCO 2012), and 12% do not complete primary education (World Bank 2012). Drop-off rates significantly increase in developing countries during the transition from primary to secondary school.

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Topics:  Development Labour markets

Tags:  education, schooling, school leaving age, learning outcomes

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