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Yes, the key parameter is access to quality Education. The poor are aware of this factor as showcased by Greg Mortenson in "Three Cups of Tea"(Remote region of Baltistan). Sustainability is the key as some of our ancient Institutions have whithered away. Hence , it is not just about amounts of money allocated in Economic Budgets, but benchmarking key elements of why some institutions survive & thrive! Educational access was also one of the elements in fostering the Industrial revolution in England during the seventeenth century. As regards the perils of totally relying on the use of Statistics to formulate public policy, this has been catalogued elsewhere. Just a footnote-the middle class has been responsible for a number of revolutions in the recent past, some violent (ask the French). Neville Bhasin