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Das Human-Kapital: A Theory of the Demise of the Class Structure

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  • Oded Galor
  • Omer Moav

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This paper suggests that the demise of the capitalists—workers class structure was a socio-economic transformation orchestrated by the capitalists in reaction to the increasing importance of human capital in sustaining their profit rates. Physical capital accumulation in the process of industrialization enhanced the importance of human capital in production and generated incentives for capitalists to support the provision of public education for the masses, triggering the demise of the existing class structure. The implications of the theory are consistent with the voting patterns on England's education reform of 1902. Copyright 2006, Wiley-Blackwell.

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  • Oded Galor & Omer Moav, 2006. "Das Human-Kapital: A Theory of the Demise of the Class Structure," Review of Economic Studies, Oxford University Press, vol. 73(1), pages 85-117.
  • Handle: RePEc:oup:restud:v:73:y:2006:i:1:p:85-117
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