Education Attainment in the Middle East and North Africa: Success at a Cost

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Farrukh Iqbal

World Bank

Youssouf Kiendrebeogo

Université d'Auvergne - Clermont 1 - Centre d'Etudes et de Recherches sur le Developpement International (CERDI)

Date Written: December 1, 2014

Abstract

This paper reviews the experience of the Middle East and North Africa region in education attainment over the past four decades (1970-2010). It documents the following main findings: (a) all countries in the region experienced significant improvements in educational attainment over this period; (b) most countries in the region did better in this regard than comparators that had roughly the same education stocks in 1970; (c) collectively, the region achieved a greater percentage increase in education than other regions; (d) the region's better performance was in part because of higher rates of public spending on education, better food sufficiency status, and a lower initial stock of education in 1970 in comparison with most other developing country regions; and (e) the region had among the lowest payoffs to public spending in terms of increments in education stock; the impressive advance in education was achieved at high cost.

Keywords: Education for Development (superceded), Education For All, Economics of Education, Educational Populations

Suggested Citation

Iqbal, Farrukh and Kiendrebeogo, Youssouf, Education Attainment in the Middle East and North Africa: Success at a Cost (December 1, 2014). World Bank Policy Research Working Paper No. 7127. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2532760

Farrukh Iqbal (Contact Author)

World Bank ( email )

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Washington, DC 20433
United States

Youssouf Kiendrebeogo

Université d'Auvergne - Clermont 1 - Centre d'Etudes et de Recherches sur le Developpement International (CERDI) ( email )

65 Boulevard Francois Mitterrand
63000 Clermont-Ferrand Cedex 1
France

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