Identifying Human Capital Externalities: Theory with Applications
AbstractThe identification of aggregate human capital externalities is still not fully understood. The existing (Mincerian) approach confounds positive externalities with wage changes due to a downward sloping demand curve for human capital. As a result, it yields positive externalities even when wages equal marginal social products. We propose an approach that identifies human capital externalities whether or not aggregate demand for human capital slopes downward. Another advantage of our approach is that it does not require estimates of the individual return to human capital. Applications to US cities and states between 1970 and 1990 yield no evidence of significant average-schooling externalities.
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Date of creation: Jan 2003
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Human capital externalities; Wages; Downward Sloping Labor Demand; Imperfect substitutability;
Other versions of this item:
- Antonio Ciccone & Giovanni Peri, 2006. "Identifying Human-Capital Externalities: Theory with Applications," Review of Economic Studies, Oxford University Press, vol. 73(2), pages 381-412.
- Ciccone Antonio & Peri Giovanni, 2007. "Identifying Human Capital Externalities. Theory with Applications," Working Papers, Fundacion BBVA / BBVA Foundation 201098, Fundacion BBVA / BBVA Foundation.
- O0 - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth - - General
- O4 - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Growth and Aggregate Productivity
- R0 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General
- J3 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs
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