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Inequality and Growth: the Dual Role of Human Capital in Development

  • Eicher, T.
  • Garcia-Penalosa, C.

This paper examines how the accumulation of human capital determines both a country's growth rate and income inequality . In contrast to previous work, we do not rely on credit market imperfectionf or political economy arguments. The insight of this model is that inequality is determined by the relative strength of the forces increasing the supply of skills -education- and those increasing the demand for skills -technical change-.

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Paper provided by Universite Aix-Marseille III in its series G.R.E.Q.A.M. with number 99a47.

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Length: 28 pages
Date of creation: 1999
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Handle: RePEc:fth:aixmeq:99a47
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