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Schooling, Production Structure and Growth: An Empirical Analysis on Italian Regions

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  • Carina HIRSCH

    ()
    (Gender, Equity and Rural Employment Division, FAO)

  • Giovanni SULIS

    ()
    (Universita' di Cagliari)

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This paper analyses the growth effects of high levels of human capital at the industry level. By favouring technology adoption, human-capital-intensive industries grow faster compared to less human-capital-intensive industries in regions that have higher levels of human capital. We use data for six macro sectors of manufacturing industries in the twenty Italian regions for the period 1971-2003; the results show positive and significant effects of human capital levels and growth rates on value added growth. This result is robust to a series of sensitivity checks such as other measures of growth and different indicators of human capital. This finding is particularly important for Italy, as it has always had a model of industrial specialization focused on the traditional sectors which have a low content of technology and human capital.

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Article provided by SIE - Societa' Italiana degli Economisti (I) in its journal Rivista Italiana degli Economisti.

Volume (Year): 14 (2009)
Issue (Month): 3 (December)
Pages: 395-420

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Keywords: Growth; Human Capital; Regions; Sectors; Technology Adoption;

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