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Human Capital Inequality and Economic Growth: Some New Evidence


  • Amparo Castello

    (Universitat Jaume I, Castellón, Spain)

  • Rafael Domenech

    (Universidad de Valencia, Spain)


This paper provides new measures of human capital inequality for a broad panel of countries. Taking attainment levels from Barro and Lee (2001), we compute Gini coefficients and the distribution of education by quintiles for 108 countries over five-year intervals from 1960 to 2000. Using this new cross-country data on human capital inequality two main conclusions are obtained. First, most countries in the world have tended to reduce the inequality in human capital distribution. Second, human capital inequality measures provide more robust results than income inequality measures in the estimation of standard growth and investment equations. Copyright Royal Economic Society 2002.

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  • Amparo Castello & Rafael Domenech, 2002. "Human Capital Inequality and Economic Growth: Some New Evidence," Economic Journal, Royal Economic Society, vol. 112(478), pages 187-200, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:ecj:econjl:v:112:y:2002:i:478:p:c187-c200

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