Learning and Earning: Linking Literacy and Poverty using IALS Data on Earnings: A literature review (2012)

This literature review, which uses data from the International Adult Literacy Survey (IALS) to explore the relationship between literacy and poverty, is part of a project undertaken for the Canadian Literacy and Learning Network (CLLN).

Based on analysis of the data, the author concludes that literacy proficiency does have an impact on individual earnings. This impact varies from country to country, but appears to be stronger in Canada and the United States.

Different groups do not reap equal benefits from having literacy proficiency, as other general cognitive skills may be equally, if not more, important in explaining earning differences. The existence of collective bargaining and minimum wages rules also play a role in explaining individual earnings differences within a country.

The author notes that while long periods of unemployment tend to erode literacy skills, being employed does not guarantee that individuals will maintain these skills. The nature of their work and their own personal habits also matter.

Adults who improve their literacy proficiency eventually obtain improved earnings, but these gains may take time to materialize.

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Jocelyn Charron. Learning and Earning: Linking Literacy and Poverty using IALS Data on Earnings: A literature review 2012. Web. 16 Apr. 2021 <http://en.copian.ca/library/research/clln/learning_earning/learning_earning.pdf>
Jocelyn Charron (2012). Learning and Earning: Linking Literacy and Poverty using IALS Data on Earnings: A literature review. Retrieved April 16, 2021, from http://en.copian.ca/library/research/clln/learning_earning/learning_earning.pdf
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