The Great Convergence: Skill accumulation and mass education in Africa and Asia since 1870

E.H.P. Frankema, Marlous van Waijenburg

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Abstract

Despite a clear positive relationship between education and income at the micro-level, raising educational attainment rates in the developing world have so far failed to lead to substantial and sustained economic growth. This column collects data on skill premia for 50 African and Asian countries for 1870-2010 and presents evidence of a dramatic fall in skill premia from initially very high levels for both Asia and Africa over the course of the 20th century. This convergence of skill premia to Western levels is shown to be negatively related to the relative supply of educated workers in those economies.
Original languageEnglish
Media of outputOnline
Publication statusPublished - 2 May 2020

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