The contribution of education to economic growth: A review of the evidence, with special attention and an application to sub-Saharan Africa

Paul Glewwe, Eugénie Maïga, Haochi Zheng

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Abstract

This paper examines recent studies that estimate the impact of education on economic growth. It explains why cross-country regressions face formidable econometric problems. Recent studies are reviewed: some show strong impacts of education on economic growth; others show little effect. All have multiple estimation problems, which may explain their divergent results. Evidence shows that education quality in Sub-Saharan Africa is much lower than in other developing countries. Estimates from three influential studies are extended; the results suggest that the impact of education on economic growth in Sub-Saharan Africa is lower than in other countries, likely due to lower school quality.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)379-393
Number of pages15
JournalWorld Development
Volume59
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2014

Keywords

  • Economic growth
  • Education
  • School quality
  • Sub-Saharan Africa

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