• Nichole Torpey-Saboe


This chapter discusses why education inequality matters, both from the perspective of human rights and that of economic development. While there has been much focus on income inequality, education inequality is important as it signifies disparity in opportunities. Access to education has been recognized as a human right and is critical to the realization of other rights, such as health, legal protections, political participation, and so on. Moreover, when large portions of society lag behind in education, this constrains overall economic growth and development. Yet, despite wide recognition of the importance of education, there is large variation between countries in the scope of educational opportunity—well beyond what would be expected according to GDP. Some poor countries provide education very broadly, while in some rich countries, significant parts of the population are excluded from education.


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