Making sense of low private returns in MENA: A human capital approach
International Journal of Educational Development Volume 61, Number 1, ISSN 0738-0593 Publisher: Elsevier Ltd
Several scholars and media outlets have identified the low rate of return to education in the Arab World as a root cause of unrest and upheaval (; ; ; ). Yet, a close inspection of extant literature reveals that there is a limited theoretical or practical understanding of why returns in the region are so low. This paper aims to begin filling that void by empirically examining the relationship between four salient features of Arab World political economy and returns to education. My findings are not causal, nor are they exhaustive or conclusive. Rather, they are suggestive, and hopefully intriguing. It is my hope that this analysis might serve as a roadmap to those who might drill down into an understudied regional issue with global consequences.
Kingsbury, I. (2018). Making sense of low private returns in MENA: A human capital approach. International Journal of Educational Development, 61(1), 173-183. Elsevier Ltd.