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- Capital Humano Y Convergencia Regional


  • Lorenzo Serrano Martínez

    (Universitat de València)


This paper analyzes the relationship between human capital and convergence with a model that takes into account the different effects of human capital accumulation on regional convergence. As an input, human capital produces convergence due to both decreasing returns and public intervention on education. As a determining factor of Total Factor Productivity (TFP) growth, it generates divergence when there exist regional differences in human capital stocks. The empirical analysis show that, over 1964-93 period, human capital has been an important sourceof regional net divergence in Spain. Consequently, the convergence rate has been relatively small. The results indicate the potential role of educational policy in order to achieve a spatially equilibrated growth. Este trabajo revisa la relación entre capital humano y convergencia a través de un modelo que permite analizar los diversos efectos de la acumulación de capital humano sobre la convergencia regional. Como input productivo, el capital humano genera convergencia entre las regiones debido tanto a la existencia de rendimientos decrecientes como a la intervención pública en materia educativa. Como determinante del crecimiento de la productividad total de los factores, genera divergencia si existen diferencias regionales en las dotaciones de este factor. El análisis empírico muestra que a lo largo del periodo 1964-1993 el capital humano ha sido una importante fuente neta de divergencia regional en España haciendo que la velocidad de convergencia registrada haya sido relativamente modesta. Los resultados apuntan al papel que la política educativa puede desempeñar como instrumento para lograr un crecimiento espacialmente equilibrado.

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  • Lorenzo Serrano Martínez, 1998. "- Capital Humano Y Convergencia Regional," Working Papers. Serie EC 1998-12, Instituto Valenciano de Investigaciones Económicas, S.A. (Ivie).
  • Handle: RePEc:ivi:wpasec:1998-12

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    1. Álvarez, Inmaculada & Barbero, Javier, 2013. "Knowledge Spillovers in Neoclassical Growth Model: an extension with Public Sector," Working Papers in Economic Theory 2013/07, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (Spain), Department of Economic Analysis (Economic Theory and Economic History).
    2. Ignacio J. Carnicero, 2001. "Comercio y convergencia regional: un análisis sectorial del caso español," Investigaciones Economicas, Fundación SEPI, vol. 25(3), pages 603-624, September.
    3. Joaquin Maudos & Jose Pastor & Lorenzo Serrano, 2000. "Efficiency and Productive Specialization: An Application to the Spanish Regions," Regional Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 34(9), pages 829-842.


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