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Human Capital Accumulation and the Intertemporal Elasticity of Substitution of Labor: How Large is the Bias?

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  • Johanna Wallenius

    (Stockholm School of Economics)

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I consider two different skill accumulation technologies, learning by doing and Ben-Porath type training. The effect of human capital accumulation in the form of learning by doing is to increase the labor supply elasticity estimate by a factor of 2.1 relative to the estimate that ignores human capital accumulation. The results are similar for the Ben Porath type training technology, although the estimate of the bias is somewhat higher. (Copyright: Elsevier)

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Article provided by Elsevier for the Society for Economic Dynamics in its journal Review of Economic Dynamics.

Volume (Year): 14 (2011)
Issue (Month): 4 (October)
Pages: 577-591

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Keywords: Intertemporal elasticity of substitution; Human capital; Life cycle; Labor supply;

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  4. Edward C. Prescott & Johanna Wallenius, 2012. "Aggregate labor supply," Quarterly Review, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, issue Oct.
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