Literacy and Growth : New Evidence from PIAAC

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SCHWERDT, Guido, Simon WIEDERHOLD, T. Scott MURRAY, 2020. Literacy and Growth : New Evidence from PIAAC

@misc{Schwerdt2020Liter-57386, title={Literacy and Growth : New Evidence from PIAAC}, year={2020}, author={Schwerdt, Guido and Wiederhold, Simon and Murray, T. Scott} }

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