FEMISE Research paper 43-18: Early childhood development and inequality of opportunities in the Mediterranean

29-01-2019
FEMISE Research paper 43-18: Early childhood development and inequality of opportunities in the Mediterranean
FEMISE Research paper 43-18

Early childhood is the most important time for human development. However, countries tend to under-invest in this stage of development, particularly in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). Children are facing unequal opportunities to develop because of the circumstances of their birth.

This project analyzes inequality of opportunity in early childhood development in three Southern and Eastern Mediterranean countries (Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia) and three countries from non-EU Eastern Europe (Bosnia, Serbia and Ukraine).

The findings demonstrate that there is substantial inequality of opportunity starting early in life. A variety of circumstances impact early inequality, with wealth, mother’s education, and geographic differences all contributing substantially.