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Quality Specifics of the Human Capital in the Higher Education and Science in the Conditions of Knowledge Economy (theoretical aspects)



The study of the human capital in the higher education and science is a result of their changed role and significance following the development of new realities of 21st century – knowledge economy, innovation economy, information society, education economy. The latter are treated as a premise for a theoretical analysis of the specific of the human capital of the people employed in the mentioned areas in three directions – by type of knowledge, specific abilities and skills, and the public role and functions. The paper outlines the structural characteristics of the term knowledge, which is basic for the specifying of such type of human capital. The paper analyzes its quality specifics – creative artistic character and type of thinking, possessing biologically input talent, specific intellectual abilities and skills. The paper determines its public and functional role for: creating knowledge economy, forming, storing and improving of the human capital of the nation, developing the innovation area of the economy, using the expert potential of the representatives of the academic circles.

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  • Alla Kirova, 2012. "Quality Specifics of the Human Capital in the Higher Education and Science in the Conditions of Knowledge Economy (theoretical aspects)," Economic Studies journal, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences - Economic Research Institute, issue 2, pages 90-102.
  • Handle: RePEc:bas:econst:y:2012:i:2:p:90-102

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    JEL classification:

    • D83 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Search; Learning; Information and Knowledge; Communication; Belief; Unawareness
    • J24 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Human Capital; Skills; Occupational Choice; Labor Productivity


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