Latin Education Index 2013
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5th February 2014

Which countries do the best at giving their citizens a head start?

Education is one of the main determinants of a country’s economic success. How much a country invests in educating its people – helping to improve both length of schooling and quality of education – can influence key factors for economic growth, including worker productivity and entrepreneurship. Education is the key in helping countries move up the stages of development as workers are more easily able to adapt new skills and processes to aid development. The proof is in our index: the countries at the top of our index for education are also those with the region’s highest GDP per capita. Meanwhile, those at the bottom are some of the hemisphere’s poorest countries.
The index measures five key components in determining a country’s education score. These are the quality of primary schools, the mean years of schooling of people 25 years and older, percentage of school-age children enrolled in school, expected years of schooling when a child enters primary school, and the adult literacy rate.
Argentina returns to number one on our index this year – a result of that country’s strong public education system that has long been among the region’s strongest. The country has Latin America’s highest school-age enrollment, with 94 percent of Argentine children in school, and with 16 years in school, Argentines also spend the longest time enrolled of any country in Latin America.
Argentina also boasts the …

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