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The Human Capital Constraint: Of Increasing Returns, Education Choice and Coordination Failure

  • Aiyar Shekhar

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    (International Monetary Fund)

If technological innovations in the North can be costlessly imitated by educated workers in the South, and if education decisions are endogenous, why aren't all countries well-educated and rich? This paper explores a possible answer: if technologically advanced sectors, operating under increasing returns to scale, need a minimum pool of educated workers to commence production, then coordination failure can arise in the choice of education. A simple two-sector model is shown to yield multiple equilibria: countries that perform well educationally and adopt technology successfully can co-exist with countries that fail in both endeavors.

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Volume (Year): 3 (2003)
Issue (Month): 1 (February)
Pages: 1-16

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