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Human Capital, R&D and Competition in Macroeconomic Analysis

Long-run per capita economic growth is driven by productivity growth. Major determinants of productivity are investments in education and research, and the intensity of competition on product markets. While these ideas have been incorporated into modern growth theories and tested in empirical analyses, they have not yet found their way to applied macroeconomic models used to forecast economic developments. In this paper, we discuss various options to include human capital, R&D and product market competition in a macroeconomic framework. We also study how policy can affect the decisions to build human capital or to perform research, and how competition policy impacts on macroeconomic outcomes. We finally sketch how these mechanisms can be implemented into the large models used at the Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis (CPB).

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Paper provided by European Network of Economic Policy Research Institutes in its series Economics Working Papers with number 038.

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Length: 64 pages
Date of creation: Aug 2005
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Handle: RePEc:epr:enepwp:038
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