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The role of improved schooling, a central part of most development strategies, has become controversial because expansion of school attainment has not guaranteed improved economic conditions. This paper reviews the role of education in promoting economic well-being, with a particular focus on the role of educational quality. It concludes that there is strong evidence that the cognitive skills of the population -rather than mere school attainment -are powerfully related to individual earnings,doi:10.1596/978-0-8213-7058-2 fatcat:d37upo4xovew5a7xfq7zomdrn4