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Education inequality: become better or worse?

Tan, Sui Chin and Ho, Chong Mun and Pang, Vincent (2015): Education inequality: become better or worse?

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Inequality measured by using Theil index, can be decomposed into between and within–groups. Normally, studies only focus on the inequality within-group due to high percentage of inequality within-group as compared to the between-group. Therefore, the conclusions that have been made in the past have neglected the between-group inequality. In this study, education achievement is used as indicator, and between-group inequality is observed for the case study in Sabah, Malaysia. It is noted that while the education inequality in urban and rural areas as well as its overall level has decreased, the gap between two areas has become more distinct.

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