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Distribution of Human Capital and Economic Growth

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This paper provides an empirically tractable model of economic growth where the distribution of human capital is central to understanding the key issues. Long run growth is possible only if the distribution of human capital belongs to a known class such that investment in education, the model's engine of growth, exceeds inter-generational depreciation of human capital. The model contributes to understanding of the puzzle of growth disparities among countries by exhibiting multiple steady states under alternative paradigms of growth. It provides a purely neoclassical model to explain why a lower income inequality may correspond to a higher rate of growth.

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  • Bandyopadhyay, Debasis, 1997. "Distribution of Human Capital and Economic Growth," Working Papers 157, Department of Economics, The University of Auckland.
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    1. Andergassen, Rainer & Nardini, Franco, 2007. "Educational choice, endogenous inequality and economic development," Journal of Macroeconomics, Elsevier, vol. 29(4), pages 940-958, December.
    2. Dilip Mookherjee & Silvia Prina & Debraj Ray, 2010. "A Theory Of Endogenous Fertility With Occupational Choice," Boston University - Department of Economics - Working Papers Series WP2010-036, Boston University - Department of Economics.
    3. Napel, Stefan, 2014. "A Pareto Efficiency Rationale for the Welfare State," Annual Conference 2014 (Hamburg): Evidence-based Economic Policy 100496, Verein für Socialpolitik / German Economic Association.
    4. Debasis Bandyopadhyay, 2006. "How financial development caused economic growth in APEC countries: financial integration with FDI or privatization without FDI," Asia-Pacific Development Journal, United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), vol. 13(1), pages 75-100, June.
    5. Dilip Mookherjee & Debraj Ray, 2003. "Persistent Inequality," Review of Economic Studies, Oxford University Press, vol. 70(2), pages 369-393.
    6. Dilip Mookherjee & debraj Ray, 2005. "Occupational Diversity and Endogenous Inequality," Boston University - Department of Economics - The Institute for Economic Development Working Papers Series dp-142, Boston University - Department of Economics.
    7. Debasis Bandyopadhyay & Parantap Basu, 2000. "The Growth-Inequality Relationship in a Model with Discrete Occupational Choice and Redistributive Tax," Econometric Society World Congress 2000 Contributed Papers 0809, Econometric Society.
    8. Bandyopadhyay, Debasis & Basu, Parantap, 2001. "Redistributive Tax and Growth in a Model with Discrete Occupational Choice," Australian Economic Papers, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 40(2), pages 111-132, June.

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