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Human Capital Accumulation and Geography: Empirical Evidence from the European Union


  • Jesus Lopez-Rodriguez
  • J. Andres Faina
  • Jose Lopez-Rodriguez


Lopez-Rodriguez J., Faina J. A. and Lopez-Rodriguez J. (2007) Human capital accumulation and geography: empirical evidence from the European Union. Regional Studies 41, 217-234. This paper evaluates the role that geography plays in determining the spatial distribution of educational attainment levels among European Union regions, based on an extension of the standard two-sector (agriculture and manufacturing) Fujita et al. (1999) economic geography model. The present paper provides evidence that, in the European Union, educational attainment levels are higher in those regions with greater market access. This finding corroborates the theoretical predictions of the model and proves that remoteness is a penalty for the economic development and convergence of the European Union regions. Lopez-Rodriguez J., Faina J. A. et Lopez-Rodriguez J. (2007) L'accroissement du capital humain et la geographie: des preuves empiriques de l'Union europeenne. Regional Studies 41, 217-234. A partir d'une extension du modele economico-geographique type a deux secteurs (a savoir l'agriculture et l'industrie manufacturiere) d'apres Fujita et al. (1999), cet article cherche a evaluer le role que joue la geographie dans la determination de la distribution geographique du niveau scolaire a travers les regions de l'Union europeenne. Il en resulte que, au sein de l'Union europeenne, le niveau scolaire est superieur dans les regions ou l'acces au marche est plus facile. Ces resultats confirment les previsions theoriques du modele et prouvent que l'isolement penalise le developpement economique et la convergence des regions de l'Union europeenne. Developpement economique Geographie economique Structure geographique Capital humain Acces au marche Lopez-Rodriguez J., Faina J. A. und Lopez-Rodriguez J. (2007) Konzentration von Humankapital und Geografie: empirische Belege in der Europaischen Union. Regional Studies 41, 217-234. In diesem Beitrag wird untersucht, welche Rolle die Geografie bei der Pragung der raumlichen Verteilung hinsichtlich der Erzielung von Bildungsabschlussen innerhalb der Regionen der Europaischen Union spielt, ausgehend von einer Erweiterung des wirtschaftsgeografischen Standardmodells mit zwei Sektoren (Landwirtschaft und Produktion) nach Fujita et al. (1999). Wir liefern Belege dafur, dass das Niveau der Bildungsabschlusse innerhalb der Europaischen Union in Regionen mit starkerem Marktzugang hoher ausfallt. Dieses Ergebnis bestatigt die theoretischen Prognosen des Modells und beweist, dass eine abgelegene Lage ein Hindernis bei der wirtschaftlichen Entwicklung und Konvergenz der EU-Regionen darstellt. Wirtschaftsentwicklung Wirtschaftsgeografie Raumliche Struktur Humankapital Marktzugang Lopez-Rodriguez J., Faina J. A. y Lopez-Rodriguez J. (2007) La acumulacion de capital humano y la geografia: prueba empirica en la Union Europea. Regional Studies 41, 217-234. En este ensayo analizamos el papel que desempena la geografia a la hora de determinar la distribucion espacial de los niveles de educacion entre las regiones de la Union Europea, basandonos en una extension del modelo estandar de una geografia economica de dos sectores (agricultura y fabricacion) segun Fujita et al. (1999). Demostramos que en la Union Europea, los niveles educativos son superiores en las regiones con un mayor acceso al mercado. Estos resultados corroboran las predicciones teoreticas del modelo y demuestran que la distancia es un obstaculo para el desarrollo economico y la convergencia de las regiones de la Union Europea. Desarrollo economico Geografia economica Estructura espacial Capital humano Acceso al mercado

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  • Jesus Lopez-Rodriguez & J. Andres Faina & Jose Lopez-Rodriguez, 2007. "Human Capital Accumulation and Geography: Empirical Evidence from the European Union," Regional Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 41(2), pages 217-234.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:regstd:v:41:y:2007:i:2:p:217-234
    DOI: 10.1080/00343400601108440

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