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Regional variability in the impact of human capital on regional growth
López-Bazo, Enrique; Moreno Serrano, Rosina
The first objective of this study is to furnish new evidence concerning the aggregate profitability of the accumulation of human capital. In addition to the traditional measure of the return to human capital, combining the information on its shadow price with the social cost of providing education allows us to confirm the profitability of human capital investments as a tool for promoting economic growth. The possibility of obtaining estimations of these effects for each Spanish region enables us to empirically evaluate the amount of heterogeneity across economies in the effects of human capital. As a second objective, we provide evidence on the indirect effect of human capital in making private capital investment more attractive. Among the main explanations for this process, we observe that higher worker skill levels enable higher returns to be extracted from investment in physical capital.
Recursos humans
Productivitat
Control de costos
Inversions
Human capital
Productivity
Cost control
Investments
cc-by-nc-nd, (c) López-Bazo et al., 2008
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Universitat de Barcelona. Institut de Recerca en Economia Aplicada Regional i Pública
         

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