How Important is Human Capital for Development? Evidence from Immigrant Earnings
This paper offers new evidence on the sources of cross-country income differences. It exploits the idea that observing immigrant workers from different countries in the same labor market provides an opportunity to estimate their human capital endowments. These estimates suggest that human and physical capital account for only a fraction of cross-country income differences. For countries below 40 percent of U.S. output per worker, less than half of the output gap relative to the U.S. is attributed to human and physical capital.
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|Date of creation:||01 Jan 2002|
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|Publication status:||Published in American Economic Review 2002, vol. 92 no. 1, pp. 198-219|
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