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The Economics, Technology and Neuroscience of Human Capability Formation

  • Heckman, James J.

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    (University of Chicago)

This paper begins the synthesis of two currently unrelated literatures: the human capital approach to health economics and the economics of cognitive and noncognitive skill formation. A lifecycle investment framework is the foundation for understanding the origins of human inequality and for devising policies to reduce it.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 2875.

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Length: 29 pages
Date of creation: Jun 2007
Publication status: published in: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 2007, 104 (33), 13250-13255
Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp2875
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  1. Flavio Cunha & James J. Heckman & Lance Lochner & Dimitriy V. Masterov, 2005. "Interpreting the Evidence on Life Cycle Skill Formation," NBER Working Papers 11331, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
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  10. Lex Borghans & Angela Lee Duckworth & James J. Heckman & Bas ter Weel, 2008. "The Economics and Psychology of Personality Traits," Working Papers 200827, Geary Institute, University College Dublin.
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