A New Discussion Of The Human Capital Theory In The Methodology Of Scientific Research Programmes
AbstractThis paper formally describes the Human Capital Theory as a Research Programme that fits into the classical economic Research Programmes. The fundamental ¿hard core¿ assumption which converts the Human Capital Theory into a Research Programme itself in Lakatosian terms is based upon the embodiment of the human capital in the person investing in it. The paper shows how the auxiliary ¿protective belt¿ assumptions and the empirical content of the theory are linked to and derived from the ¿hard core¿ assumptions in such a way that the Human Capital Theory satisfies the conditions to be considered a Scientific Research Programme.
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Length: 19 pages
Date of creation: Dec 2007
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Lakatos; Research Programme; Human Capital.;
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- B41 - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology - - Economic Methodology - - - Economic Methodology
- J24 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Human Capital; Skills; Occupational Choice; Labor Productivity
This paper has been announced in the following NEP Reports:
- NEP-ALL-2008-01-19 (All new papers)
- NEP-EDU-2008-01-19 (Education)
- NEP-HAP-2008-01-19 (Economics of Happiness)
- NEP-HPE-2008-01-19 (History & Philosophy of Economics)
- NEP-HRM-2008-01-19 (Human Capital & Human Resource Management)
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