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The Spatial Distribution of Human Capital: Can It Really Be Explained by Regional Differences in Market Access?

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  • Enrique López-Bazo

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    (Faculty of Economics, University of Barcelona)

  • Burhan Can Karahasan

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    (Istanbul Bilgi University,)

Abstract

This paper tests the robustness of estimates of market access impact on regional variability in human capital, as previously derived in the NEG literature. Our hypothesis is that these estimates of the coefficient of market access, in fact, capture the effects of regional differences in the industrial mix and the spatial dependence in the distribution of human capital. Results for the Spanish provinces indicate that the estimated impact of market access vanishes and becomes non-significant once these two elements are included in the empirical analysis.

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Paper provided by University of Barcelona, Research Institute of Applied Economics in its series IREA Working Papers with number 201102.

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Length: 38 pages
Date of creation: Feb 2011
Date of revision: Feb 2011
Handle: RePEc:ira:wpaper:201102

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Keywords: human capital; geography; market access; spatial dependence. JEL classification:C21; I21; R12;

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