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Human Capital Accumulation and the Intertemporal Elasticity of Substitution of Labor: How Large is the Bias?

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  • Johanna Wallenius

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I consider two different skill accumulation technologies, learning by doing and Ben-Porath type training. The effect of human capital accumulation in the form of learning by doing is to increase the labor supply elasticity estimate by a factor of 2.1 relative to the estimate that ignores human capital accumulation. The results are similar for the Ben Porath type training technology, although the estimate of the bias is somewhat higher. (Copyright: Elsevier)

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  • Johanna Wallenius, 2011. "Human Capital Accumulation and the Intertemporal Elasticity of Substitution of Labor: How Large is the Bias?," Review of Economic Dynamics, Elsevier for the Society for Economic Dynamics, vol. 14(4), pages 577-591, October.
  • Handle: RePEc:red:issued:10-106
    DOI: 10.1016/j.red.2011.06.002
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    Keywords

    Intertemporal elasticity of substitution; Human capital; Life cycle; Labor supply;
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    JEL classification:

    • E24 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Consumption, Saving, Production, Employment, and Investment - - - Employment; Unemployment; Wages; Intergenerational Income Distribution; Aggregate Human Capital; Aggregate Labor Productivity
    • J24 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Human Capital; Skills; Occupational Choice; Labor Productivity

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