Report: The Economic Impact of Illiteracy on North American Society
This document presents the results of a pilot study by ECLAC and UNESCO Santiago on the social and economic impact of illiteracy in three Latin American countries (Ecuador, Dominican Republic and the State of Sao Paulo in Brazil).
The study concluded that the comparison of income between literate and illiterate groups, using information from household surveys, is a relatively simple and reliable method. In all the analysed cases, there was a significant difference in labour income earned by the illiterate and the literate; as the education gap widens among groups, so does the difference in income. The authors, Rodrigo Martínez and Andrés Fernandez, demonstrate that the loss of productivity (labour income) generated by illiteracy is high enough that its eradication should be considered not only a social goal but an economic priority that brings net benefits by generating its own financial resources. Therefore, the eradication of illiteracy should be considered an investment rather than a cost.
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The crushing impact of illiteracy | A Just Society
In the first of our International Literacy Day pieces, we take a detailed look at the impact of illiteracy on girls and investigate how change can be achieved…
The most important effect of illiteracy on society is that, it works as an inhibitor. That is to say, the more illiterate people there are in a country, the harder it will be for the country to develop. This fact could be clarified with an example: America(whose illiteracy rate is below 5%) and Canada(Illiteracy rate: around 8%) are developed countries, whereas countries, like Turkey and Iran(Illiteracy rates: 61% and 43% in order) are undeveloped countries.