Poverty Case Study

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Poverty The concept of poverty, when applied in both developing and developed country contexts, needs to be broadened beyond a uni-dimensional concentration on a person’s lack of financial resources. It is widely agreed that the relationship between poverty and education operates in two directions: poor people are often unable to obtain access to an adequate education, and without an adequate education people are often constrained to a life of poverty. However, before addressing the interrelationships between poverty and education, it is important to discuss the concept of poverty. Poverty has many dimensions and does not merely entail low levels of income or expenditure. The work of Amartya Sen (1992, 2001) has broadened our…show more content…
However, the poor also seem to be more responsive to school quality. If educational quality is poor, then poor people are more likely not to attend than rich people (Morrisson, 2002, p. 15). Thus an increase in educational quality is another strong incentive for the poor to attend school, again increasing enrolment. It is not only the costs or the poor quality of schooling that reduce demand for education among the poor. In many societies, and particularly in rural areas, the benefits of education may be low or not yet well understood. Often the poor, even when they are educated, have difficulty finding jobs that compensate them adequately for their education. This may be because the education they receive is of a lower quality, or may be perceived to be of a lower quality, than is the case in schools in richer areas. It may, however, also be because jobs are scarce in rural areas, where many of the poor live, and the economic benefits of education are therefore not apparent to parents. This is particularly true for girls, adding to the trend towards lower enrolment ratios for girls. Many Better educated people have greater probability of being employed, are economically more productive, and therefore earn higher incomes. The impact of education on earnings and thus on poverty works largely through the labour market, though education can also contribute to productivity in other areas, such as peasant farming (Orazem, Glewwe & Patrinos, 2007:
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