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Local human capital and productivity: An analysis for the Spanish regions


  • Raúl Ramos

    () (AQR; Universitat de Barcelona (UB))

  • Esteve Sanromà

    () (Institut d'Economia de Barcelona (IEB); Universitat de Barcelona (UB))


In this paper, we examine the relationship between the stock of human capital and productivity in the Spanish regions (NUTS III), and assess whether the transmission channel involves external economies. The empirical evidence points to a positive relationship between the two variables, although it cannot be explained in terms of the impact of exogenous local human capital external economies, but rather in terms of other demand factors.

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  • Raúl Ramos & Esteve Sanromà, 2006. "Local human capital and productivity: An analysis for the Spanish regions," Working Papers 2006/1, Institut d'Economia de Barcelona (IEB).
  • Handle: RePEc:ieb:wpaper:1211068art213

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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. Pablo-Romero, M. del P. & Gómez-Calero, M. de la P., 2013. "A translog production function for the Spanish provinces: Impact of the human and physical capital in economic growth," Economic Modelling, Elsevier, vol. 32(C), pages 77-87.

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    External economies; Human capital; Regional labour market; Wages;

    JEL classification:

    • D62 - Microeconomics - - Welfare Economics - - - Externalities
    • J31 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs - - - Wage Level and Structure; Wage Differentials
    • J24 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Human Capital; Skills; Occupational Choice; Labor Productivity
    • R23 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Household Analysis - - - Regional Migration; Regional Labor Markets; Population


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