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Education, Migration, and Job Ssatisfaction: the Regional Returns of Human Capital in the EU

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  • Andrés Rodríguez-Pose

    (Professor, London School of Economics, Visiting Professor College of Europe (Bruges))

  • Montserrat Vilalta-Bufi

    (Universitat de Barcelona)

The paper looks at the link between human capital and regional economic performance in the EU. Using indicators of educational stock, the matching of educational supply and labour demand, and migration extracted from the European Community Household Panel (ECHP), it identifies that the economic performance of European regions over the last few years is generally associated with differences in human capital endowment. However, and in contrast to previous studies, the results highlight that factors such as the matching of educational supply and local labour needs, job satisfaction, and migration may have a stronger connection to economic performance than the traditional measures of educational stock.

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Date of creation: Nov 2004
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