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Non-Food Consumption
Of non-food spending, nationally 12.5 percent of household’s non-food budget was spent on education, though the share was almost double in urban areas, 16 percent, compared to rural areas, 8.6 percent (Table). Of the regions, education spending was highest in Montserrado at 16.5 percent of non-food spending, and lowest in North Western, at 9.1 percent. Across the quintiles, the poorest and the richest quintile spent lowest share on education, 12.2 percent and 12.4 percent respectively. Although spending among the lowest shares on education to total non-food expenditure, the richest quintile also had the highest absolute spending on education and therefore the lowest share because of higher spending generally. On the other hand, the first and the second quintiles had comparatively the lowest share of spending on education, despite having limited non-food spending overall. This reflects the lowest enrolment rates for children and young adults in this quintile.

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