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Regional Heterogeneity in the Private and Social Returns to Human Capital

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  • Enrique López-Bazo
  • Rosina Moreno

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Abstract It is thought that policies aimed at encouraging the accumulation of human capital in less productive regions can constitute a key factor in development. However, the effectiveness of this policy depends in large part on each region's capacity to give returns to human capital. The aim of this article is to demonstrate the existence of substantial spatial variations in private and aggregate returns to human capital, indicating that development policies based on stimulating the accumulation of education differ in effectiveness. Results for the Spanish regions suggest that regional variations in social returns are greater than those in private returns.

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  • Enrique López-Bazo & Rosina Moreno, 2007. "Regional Heterogeneity in the Private and Social Returns to Human Capital," Spatial Economic Analysis, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 2(1), pages 23-44.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:specan:v:2:y:2007:i:1:p:23-44
    DOI: 10.1080/17421770701232459
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    1. Catarina Moura e Sa Cardoso & Geetha Ravishankar, 2015. "Productivity growth and convergence: a stochastic frontier analysis," Journal of Economic Studies, Emerald Group Publishing, vol. 42(2), pages 224-236, May.
    2. Scott Loveridge & Janet Bokemeier & Peter Kakela & Elan Satriawan, 2010. "Are All Discount Rates Equal? A Note On Time Preferences Across Public And Private Benefits In Michigan'S Upper Peninsula," Journal of Regional Science, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 50(4), pages 858-871.
    3. Rosa Sanchis-Guarner & Enrique Lopez-Bazo, 2006. "Are Skilled Workers More Attracted to Economic Agglomerations?," ERSA conference papers ersa06p120, European Regional Science Association.

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    Keywords

    Education; productivity; returns to capital; J24; O18; O47; R11;

    JEL classification:

    • J24 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Human Capital; Skills; Occupational Choice; Labor Productivity
    • O18 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Urban, Rural, Regional, and Transportation Analysis; Housing; Infrastructure
    • O47 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Growth and Aggregate Productivity - - - Empirical Studies of Economic Growth; Aggregate Productivity; Cross-Country Output Convergence
    • R11 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics - - - Regional Economic Activity: Growth, Development, Environmental Issues, and Changes

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