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Economic growth in developing countries: The role of human capital

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The focus on human capital as a driver of economic growth for developing countries has led to undue attention on school attainment. Developing countries have made considerable progress in closing the gap with developed countries in terms of school attainment, but recent research has underscored the importance of cognitive skills for economic growth. This result shifts attention to issues of school quality and, in that area developing countries have been much less successful in closing the gaps with developed countries. Without improving school quality, developing countries will find it difficult to improve their long run economic performance.

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  • Hanushek, Eric A., 2013. "Economic growth in developing countries: The role of human capital," Economics of Education Review, Elsevier, vol. 37(C), pages 204-212.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:ecoedu:v:37:y:2013:i:c:p:204-212
    DOI: 10.1016/j.econedurev.2013.04.005
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    Keywords

    Economic development; Economic impact; Demand for schooling;
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    JEL classification:

    • I2 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education
    • O4 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Growth and Aggregate Productivity
    • H4 - Public Economics - - Publicly Provided Goods

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