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Universal basic skills should become the primary development goal

Author/s: 
Eric A. Hanushek, Ludger Woessmann
Published Date: 
May 24, 2015
Publication: 
VOX
Gains from policy outcomes (as % of current GDP)

Later this year, the UN will set the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals. This column argues that lots targets will make it hard for policymakers to enact real change. Instead, the primary post-2015 goals should focus on young people achieving basic skills. Basic skills, in turn, will help address issues of poverty and limited healthcare as well as help foster the new technologies needed to improve sustainable growth.