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The economics of education in Nunavut

Wed. Dec. 9, 2015

One of the challenges in northern communities is keeping youth in school. Nunavut, Canada’s most northern and largest territory, has the country’s highest high school dropout rate. From 2001/2 to 2013/14, the average attendance rate in Nunavut high schools was only 60%, and over the same period, only approximately one-third of 18-year-old youth graduated from high school*. To understand these concerning statistics from an economic and social point of view, UWinnipeg economists Dr. Melanie O’Gorman and Dr. Manish Pandey decided to head north to help identify factors, with the hope of mitigating the situation. Read More