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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.
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    • 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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