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Availability of Higher Education and Long-Term Economic Growth

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  • Akiomi Kitagawa

    () (Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, Yokohama City University)

  • Ryo Horii

    () (Graduate School of Economics, Osaka University)

  • Koichi Futagami

    () (Graduate School of Economics, Osaka University)

Abstract

This paper examines the relationship between the availability of higher education and an economy fs long-term growth rate in a simple endogenous growth model with overlapping generations. Under certain conditions, an increased availability of higher education narrows the rate-of-return difference between human and physical capital investments. This reduces the share of income received by the younger generation, negatively affecting aggregate savings in subsequent periods, and thereby causing a substantial slowdown in the long-term growth rate. Such a paradoxical slowdown is endemic to developed economies, where higher education plays a central role in accumulating human capital. Although the recovery from such a slowdown entails a major restructuring of educational institutions, the authority may not take preventative measures against it, being dazzled by a temporary boom during its early stages.

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  • Akiomi Kitagawa & Ryo Horii & Koichi Futagami, 2003. "Availability of Higher Education and Long-Term Economic Growth," Discussion Papers in Economics and Business 03-14, Osaka University, Graduate School of Economics and Osaka School of International Public Policy (OSIPP).
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    1. Aziz, Babar & Khan, Tasneem & Aziz, Shumaila, 2008. "Impact of Higher Education on Economic Growth of Pakistan," MPRA Paper 22912, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised 2008.
    2. Ryo Horii & Koichi Futagami & Akiomi Kitagawa, 2004. "Investment efficiency and intergenerational income distribution: a paradoxical result," Economics Bulletin, AccessEcon, vol. 15(2), pages 1-6.
    3. Akiomi Kitagawa & Ryo Horii & Koichi Futagami, 2004. "Who Benefits from a Better Education Environment?," Discussion Papers in Economics and Business 04-15, Osaka University, Graduate School of Economics and Osaka School of International Public Policy (OSIPP).
    4. Ganegodage, K. Renuka & Rambaldi, Alicia N., 2011. "The impact of education investment on Sri Lankan economic growth," Economics of Education Review, Elsevier, vol. 30(6), pages 1491-1502.
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    JEL classification:

    • O41 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Growth and Aggregate Productivity - - - One, Two, and Multisector Growth Models
    • I28 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Government Policy

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