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I am indebted to a number of people who read and commented on versions of this paper and in particular to Anna Vignoles, Sholeh Maani, Les Oxley, Paul Callister, Hazel Barnes, Barbara Annesley, Bronwyn Croxson, Jeremy Corban, Ruth Isaac and Dean Hyslop. I have also benefited greatly from discussions on adult literacy with Katherine Percy, Susan Reid, Ruth Schick, John Benseman and Alison Sutton. Paul Satherley from the Ministry of Education kindly made available the IALS dataset for New Zealand.
The views, opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this Working Paper are strictly those of the author. They do not necessarily reflect the views of the New Zealand Treasury. The Treasury takes no responsibility for any errors or omissions in, or for the correctness of, the information contained in these working papers. The paper is presented not as policy, but with a view to inform and stimulate wider debate.
Table of Contents
- 1 Introduction
- 2 Literacy skills in New Zealand
- 3 An introduction to the economic effects of increased literacy
- 4 Macroeconomic studies of aggregate returns to literacy skills
- 5 Individual returns to literacy skills
- 6 Impact of literacy programmes
- 7 Discussion
- Appendix 1 – Studies of literacy, earnings and employment
- Appendix 2 – Studies of literacy training programmes