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Human capital and productivity

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  • Angel De la Fuente

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This paper surveys the empirical literature on human capital and productivity and summarizes the results of my own work on the subject. On balance, the available evidence suggests that investment in education has a positive, significant and sizable effect on productivity growth.According to my estimates, moreover, the social returns to investment in human capital are higher than those on physical capital in most EU countries and in many regions of Spain.

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Paper provided by BBVA Bank, Economic Research Department in its series Working Papers with number 1103.

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Length: 22 pages
Date of creation: Feb 2011
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Handle: RePEc:bbv:wpaper:1103

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Keywords: human capital; productivity; growth; measurement error;

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  1. Mason, Geoff & O'Leary, Brigid & Vecchi, Michela, 2012. "Certified and uncertified skills and productivity growth performance: Cross-country evidence at industry level," Labour Economics, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 19(3), pages 351-360.

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