Low Quality Education as a Poverty Trap

Stellenbosch Economic Working Papers No.25/2011. Initially a synthesis report to PSPPD

22 Pages Posted: 31 May 2017

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Servaas van der Berg

Stellenbosch University

Cobus Burger

Stellenbosch University

Rulof Burger

Stellenbosch University

Mia de Vos

Stellenbosch University

Gideon du Rand

Stellenbosch University

Martin Gustafsson

Stellenbosch University

Eldridge Moses

Stellenbosch University - Department of Economics

Debra L. Shepherd

Stellenbosch University

Nicholas Spaull

Stellenbosch University

Stephen Taylor

Stellenbosch University

Hendrik van Broekhuizen

Stellenbosch University

Dieter von Fintel

Stellenbosch University

Date Written: 2011

Abstract

The weak quality of education received by most poor children in South Africa places them in permanent disadvantage relative to those attending the mainly more affluent and better performing schools. This document draws from a large number of studies undertaken for a major project and summarises this evidence, which illustrating that low quality schools act as a poverty trap.

Keywords: School Quality, Poverty, Inequality, Development, South Africa

JEL Classification: I21, I24, J31

Suggested Citation

Van der Berg, Servaas and Burger, Jacobus W. and Burger, Rulof and de Vos, Mia and du Rand, Gideon and Gustafsson, Martin A. and Moses, Eldridge and Shepherd, Debra L. and Spaull, Nicholass and Taylor, Stephen and van Broekhuizen, Hendrik and von Fintel, Dieter, Low Quality Education as a Poverty Trap (2011). Stellenbosch Economic Working Papers No.25/2011. Initially a synthesis report to PSPPD. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2973766 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2973766

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Jacobus W. Burger

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Rulof Burger

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Mia De Vos

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Gideon Du Rand

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Martin A. Gustafsson

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Eldridge Moses

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Debra L. Shepherd

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Nicholass Spaull

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Stephen Taylor

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Hendrik Van Broekhuizen

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Dieter Von Fintel

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