Human Capital and Regional Wage Gaps
AbstractThis paper uses micro-level data to analyse the effect of human capital on regional wage differentials. The results for the set of Spanish regions confirm that they differ in the endowment of human capital, but also that the return that individuals obtain from it varies sharply across regions. Regional heterogeneity in returns is especially intense in the case of education, particularly when considering its effect on the employability of individuals. These differences in endowment and, especially, in returns to human capital, account for a significant proportion of regional wage gaps.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by University of Barcelona, Research Institute of Applied Economics in its series IREA Working Papers with number 200924.
Length: 29 pages
Date of creation: Nov 2009
Date of revision: Nov 2009
Education; Experience; Regional disparities; Returns to human capital; Wage gap decomposition.;
This paper has been announced in the following NEP Reports:
- NEP-ALL-2009-12-11 (All new papers)
- NEP-GEO-2009-12-11 (Economic Geography)
- NEP-HAP-2009-12-11 (Economics of Happiness)
- NEP-HRM-2009-12-11 (Human Capital & Human Resource Management)
- NEP-LAB-2009-12-11 (Labour Economics)
- NEP-URE-2009-12-11 (Urban & Real Estate Economics)
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