The impact of human capital on labour productivity in manufacturing sectors of the European Union
AbstractThis paper discusses the effects of human capital on both the level and growth of labour productivity in manufacturing sectors in seven Member States of the European Union. Sectoral labour productivity is regarded as a measure of international competitiveness. Human capital is represented by the shares of intermediate and highly-skilled workers in the work force of a sector. The paper shows that the manufacturing sectors can be divided into three classes of sectors: low-skill, medium-skill and high-skill sectors. The estimation results show that both intermediate and highly-skilled labour have a positive effect on the sectoral labour productivity level, although the effect is only significant for highly-skilled labour. Moreover, there are indications of underinvestment of human capital in some manufacturing sectors. These sectors could improve their competitive position by raising the employment shares of intermediate and highly-skilled labour. Finally, intermediate-skilled labour has a significantly positive effect on the growth in sectoral labour productivity.
Download InfoIf you experience problems downloading a file, check if you have the proper application to view it first. In case of further problems read the IDEAS help page. Note that these files are not on the IDEAS site. Please be patient as the files may be large.
Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by Maastricht : ROA, Research Centre for Education and the Labour Market in its series Research Memoranda with number 001.
Date of creation: 1996
Date of revision:
Contact details of provider:
Web page: http://www.maastrichtuniversity.nl/web/UMPublications.htm
labour economics ;
Other versions of this item:
- Corvers, Frank, 1997. "The impact of human capital on labour productivity in manufacturing sectors of the European Union," Open Access publications from Maastricht University urn:nbn:nl:ui:27-13632, Maastricht University.
Please report citation or reference errors to , or , if you are the registered author of the cited work, log in to your RePEc Author Service profile, click on "citations" and make appropriate adjustments.:
- Ram, Rati, 1980. "Role of Education in Production: A Slightly New Approach," The Quarterly Journal of Economics, MIT Press, vol. 95(2), pages 365-73, September.
- Corvers, Frank & Grip, Andries de & Orbon, Jean-Paul, 1995. "Concurrentiekracht, productiviteit en human capital: Een vergelijking tussen Nederland en Duitsland," Open Access publications from Maastricht University urn:nbn:nl:ui:27-16023, Maastricht University.
- Dornbusch, Rudiger & Fischer, Stanley & Samuelson, Paul A, 1977.
"Comparative Advantage, Trade, and Payments in a Ricardian Model with a Continuum of Goods,"
American Economic Review,
American Economic Association, vol. 67(5), pages 823-39, December.
- R. Dornbusch & S. Fischer & P. A. Samuelson, 1976. "Comparative Advantage, Trade and Payments in a Ricardian Model With a Continuum of Goods," Working papers 178, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Department of Economics.
- Romer, Paul M, 1990.
"Endogenous Technological Change,"
Journal of Political Economy,
University of Chicago Press, vol. 98(5), pages S71-102, October.
- Grip, Andries de & Hoevenberg, Jeroen & Willems, Ed, 1997. "Atypical employment in the European Union," Open Access publications from Maastricht University urn:nbn:nl:ui:27-13271, Maastricht University.
- Richard R. Nelson & Edmond S. Phelps, 1965. "Investment in Humans, Technological Diffusion and Economic Growth," Cowles Foundation Discussion Papers 189, Cowles Foundation for Research in Economics, Yale University.
- Cörvers, F., 1998. "Sector-specific, intermediate and high skills and their impact on productivity and growth in manufacturing sectors of the Eurpean Union," Open Access publications from Maastricht University urn:nbn:nl:ui:27-20291, Maastricht University.
- Lei Delsen & Mark Schonewille, 1999. "Human Capital and Labour Productivity, Integration of Institutions and Endogenous Growth," HEW 9908001, EconWPA.
- Fallahi, Firouz & Sakineh, Sojoodi & Mehin Aslaninia, Nasim, 2010. "Determinants of Labor Productivity in Iran’s Manufacturing Firms: With Emphasis on Labor Education and Training," MPRA Paper 27447, University Library of Munich, Germany.
- Kronenberg, Kristin & Carree, Martin, 2010. "The effects of workforce composition, labor turnover, and the qualities of entering and exiting workers on productivity growth," MPRA Paper 25844, University Library of Munich, Germany.
- Fabio Sabatini, 2005. "Does Social Capital Improve Labour Productivity in Small and Medium Enterprises?," Others 0509011, EconWPA.
- Cörvers,F. & Reininga,T., 1998. "The Dutch Factor Content of Human and Physical Capital: A Test of the HOV Model," Research Memoranda 001, Maastricht : ROA, Research Centre for Education and the Labour Market.
- Dimov, Dimo P. & Shepherd, Dean A., 2005. "Human capital theory and venture capital firms: exploring "home runs" and "strike outs"," Journal of Business Venturing, Elsevier, vol. 20(1), pages 1-21, January.
- Esther K. Ishengoma & Robert Kappel, 2008. "Business Constraints and Growth Potential of Micro and Small Manufacturing Enterprises in Uganda," GIGA Working Paper Series 78, GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies.
- Fabio Sabatini, 2005. "Does Social Capital Improve Labour Productivity in Small and Medium Enterprises?," Others 0508005, EconWPA.
- Wacker, John G. & Yang, Chen-Lung & Sheu, Chwen, 2006. "Productivity of production labor, non-production labor, and capital: An international study," International Journal of Production Economics, Elsevier, vol. 103(2), pages 863-872, October.
- Jan M.P. de Kok, 2000. "The Impact of Firm-Provided Training on Production: Testing for Firm-Size Effects," Tinbergen Institute Discussion Papers 00-073/3, Tinbergen Institute.
- Oreggia, Eduardo, 2000. "Education Policies And Labour Markets: The Effect On Regional Growth In Mexico," ERSA conference papers ersa00p515, European Regional Science Association.
For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: (Charles Bollen).
If references are entirely missing, you can add them using this form.