Education and Economic Development in Africa
Kwabena Gyimah-Brempong, University of South Florida
This paper uses panel data from two new data sets on educational attainment to investigate the eﬀects of education on several development outcomes in African countries. I ﬁnd that education has a positive and signiﬁcant impact on these development outcomes. I also ﬁnd that diﬀerent levels of education aﬀects development outcomes diﬀerently; for some development outcomes, primary and secondary education may be more important than tertiary education while for some development outcomes, such as income growth rate, tertiary education may be more important. The results of this paper have implications for development policy in African countries.