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Swedish economic growth and education since 1800

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  • DE LA CROIX, David
  • LINDH, Thomas
  • MALMBERG, Bo

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The contribution of this paper is twofold. First, it builds and makes use of long-run data from Sweden on formal education that have never been used to date. Second, it provides a quantitative application of recent theoretical work on the link between demographic changes and economic growth through their effect on education. It concludes that changes in longevity may account for as much as 20% of the observed rise in education over the period from 1800-2000 via a horizon effect, but have little impact on income growth over the period. On the contrary, changes in population density and composition are central, mainly thanks to their effect on productivity. Most income growth over this period would not have materialized if demographic variables had stayed constant since 1800.

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Paper provided by Université catholique de Louvain, Center for Operations Research and Econometrics (CORE) in its series CORE Discussion Papers RP with number -2063.

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Note: In : Canadian Journal of Economics/Revue canadienne d'Economique, 41(1), 166-185, 2008
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  1. PESTIEAU, Pierre & PONTHIERE, Grégory, 2012. "The public economics of increasing longevity," CORE Discussion Papers, Université catholique de Louvain, Center for Operations Research and Econometrics (CORE) 2012005, Université catholique de Louvain, Center for Operations Research and Econometrics (CORE).
  2. Sunde, Uwe & Cervellati, Matteo, 2013. "The Economic and Demographic Transition, Mortality, and Comparative Development," Annual Conference 2013 (Duesseldorf): Competition Policy and Regulation in a Global Economic Order 80053, Verein für Socialpolitik / German Economic Association.
  3. Omar Licandro & David de la Croix, 2013. "The Longevity of Famous People from Hammurabi to Einstein," 2013 Meeting Papers, Society for Economic Dynamics 46, Society for Economic Dynamics.
  4. Raouf Boucekkine & David de la Croix & Omar Licandro, 2011. "Vintage capital growth theory: Three breakthroughs," UFAE and IAE Working Papers, Unitat de Fonaments de l'Anàlisi Econòmica (UAB) and Institut d'Anàlisi Econòmica (CSIC) 875.11, Unitat de Fonaments de l'Anàlisi Econòmica (UAB) and Institut d'Anàlisi Econòmica (CSIC).
  5. Lindmark, Magnus & Andersson, Lars Fredrik, 2014. "Where Was the Wealth of the Nation? Measuring Swedish Capital for the 19th and 20th Centuries," CERE Working Papers 2014:1, CERE - the Center for Environmental and Resource Economics.
  6. Cuberes, David, 2009. "Early and Late Demographic Transitions: the Role of Urbanization," MPRA Paper 17720, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  7. Nils-Petter Lagerlöf, 2010. "Malthus in Sweden," 2010 Meeting Papers, Society for Economic Dynamics 790, Society for Economic Dynamics.
  8. Raouf Boucekkine & David De La Croix & Omar Licandro, 2011. "Vintage capital theory: Three breakthroughs," Working Papers halshs-00599074, HAL.

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