1st Edition

The Cost of Not Educating the World’s Poor The new economics of learning

By Lynn Ilon Copyright 2015
    244 Pages 11 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    244 Pages 11 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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.

    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


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