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Human Capital and the Ambiguity of the Mankiw-Romer-Weil Model

Mankiw, Romer and Weil's (1992) finding of a cross-country relationship between savings rates, school enrolment and income levels is highly ambiguous. Their in- terpretation that it is consistent with an augmented Solow model depends on the implausible assumption that educational productivity is vastly higher in advanced countries than poor ones. On the alternative assumption of constant educational productivity, their model is very close to an AK-type, but with rising educational costs producing a degree of conditional convergence.

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Paper provided by Department of Economics, Loughborough University in its series Discussion Paper Series with number 2004-22.

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Date of creation: Dec 2004
Date of revision: Dec 2004
Handle: RePEc:lbo:lbowps:2004-22
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  1. N. Gregory Mankiw & David Romer & David N. Weil, 1990. "A Contribution to the Empirics of Economic Growth," NBER Working Papers 3541, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
  2. Lucas, Robert Jr., 1988. "On the mechanics of economic development," Journal of Monetary Economics, Elsevier, vol. 22(1), pages 3-42, July.
  3. Romer, Paul M, 1986. "Increasing Returns and Long-run Growth," Journal of Political Economy, University of Chicago Press, vol. 94(5), pages 1002-37, October.
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