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How place of birth shapes chances of going to university: evidence from 7 African countries

By Rebecca Simson, Research Fellow in Economic History, University of Oxford
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Many newly independent African countries in the 1960s inherited regional and ethnic inequalities in formal educational attainment. These new states bound together sub-national regions of diverse ethnic and religious communities. The regions differed in their exposure to missionary activity – the main vector in the spread of formal western education in the colonial era.

Inequalities in educational access increased the higher up the educational ladder one climbed. Access to university education…The Conversation


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