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Pandemic to worsen Brazil’s troubling school dropout rates

Economic losses from school dropouts could finance the Bolsa Família cash-transfer program for seven years

Pandemic to worsen Brazil's already troubling school dropout rates
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Over 38 billion dollars: that is the estimated cost of school dropouts in Brazil in the year 2020 alone. Researchers from business and economics school Insper, in conjunction with the Roberto Marinho Foundation, concluded that some 575,000 young Brazilians will end this year having not completed basic education — a number that exceeds the total population of some of the country’s state capitals. 

In their study, entitled “Consequences of the Violation of the Right to Education,” the researchers estimated a lifetime loss of BRL 372,000 (USD 66,700) per student, accounting for factors such as lower employment prospects, decreased...

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