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The Human Capital Stock: A Generalized Approach

  • Benjamin F. Jones
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    This paper presents a new framework for human capital measurement. The generalized framework can (i) substantially amplify the role of human capital in accounting for cross-country income differences and (ii) reconcile the existing conflict between regression and accounting evidence in assessing the wealth and poverty of nations. One natural interpretation emphasizes differences across economies in the acquisition of advanced knowledge by skilled workers.

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    Paper provided by National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc in its series NBER Working Papers with number 17487.

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    Date of creation: Oct 2011
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    Handle: RePEc:nbr:nberwo:17487
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