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The Cost of Not Educating the World’s Poor

The new economics of learning, 1st Edition

By Lynn Ilon


232 pages | 11 B/W Illus.

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In The Cost of Not Educating the World’s Poor, Lynn Ilon observes from her 30 years of travel and work in some 20 developing countries, how global instability, problems of environmental degradation, spread of global disease, migration and political instability are a cost of viewing the uneducated poor as separated from a networked of fast-growing global knowledge. This book shows how powerful global learning systems are rapidly forming and linking the rich world with the world of the poor and developing nations. Using a narrative voice interleaved with concise introductions to the underlying theories (economics, development, learning, technology and networks) it shows us how changing our ways of thinking can lead to new possibilities. The Cost of Not Educating the World’s Poor is based on an emerging theory of development economics and the author’s own vast experiences and stories. It also discusses, among other issues:

  • International development and how it has evolved toward an emphasis on knowledge
  • How networked human capital creates new potential for poorly resourced countries
  • The formation of a global system of learning networks
  • The digitization of knowledge
  • How nations improve their well-being through knowledge and equity

This inter-disciplinary assessment of international learning inequality and the methods to overcome it will appeal to researchers concerned with emerging concepts of global learning networks and their effects on development. It will also be of interest to students and policymakers studying national inequality, economics, and global development.

Table of Contents

Preface 1a. Introduction 1b. Introduction to the Theories 2a. Development 2b. Shifting Views on Development 3a. The Value of an Education 3b. Human Capital Theory 4a. Education and Development 4b. The Knowledge Economy 5a. Learning Goes Global 5b. Networked Learning 6a. Networked Learning 6b. From Global Production to Digitization 7a. The Value of Knowledge 7b. The Economics of Knowledge 8a. The Power of Ideas 8b. New Growth Theory 9a. The Social Value of Learning 9b. Social Economics of Learning 10a.Learning Together 10b.New Learning Structures 11a.Social Well-being 11b.Changing Views on Social Welfare Economics 12. Mis-Education 13. Education in a New Age 14. The Cost of Not Educating

About the Author

Lynn Ilon is Professor at the College of Education, Seoul National University.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Comparative