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Title:Intersociety literacy comparisons PDF Logo
Authors:Chakravarty, Satya R.
Majumder, Amita
Issue Date:2005
Series/Report no.:Research Paper, UNU-WIDER, United Nations University (UNU) 2005/01
Abstract:Basu and Foster (1998) characterized a sophisticated literacy measure using five axioms. In this paper we argue that if a measure satisfies three of their five axioms, namely, anonymity, monotonicity and externality, then also it becomes suitable in some applications. We, therefore, introduce two classes of measures whose members will satisfy at least these three axioms. Two population principles for intersociety literacy comparisons are also suggested and their relationships with the Basu-Foster axioms are established. Finally, we illustrate our results numerically using Indian data and draw out some policy implications. – literates ; isolated illiterates ; proximate illiterates ; literacy measures ; illustration ; policy implication
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:WIDER Research Papers, United Nations University (UNU)

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