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A Survey on the Relationship between Education and Growth with Implications for Developing Asia


  • Kim , Yong Jin

    (Asian Development Bank)

  • Terada-Hagiwara, Akiko

    (Asian Development Bank)


This paper surveys the empirical and theoretical link between education and growth in the growth process of Asian countries. Particular attention is paid to the link between education and productivity, and to models that characterize key features of growth processes of Asian countries. Empirical studies show that these key features include liability to falling into poverty traps, focusing more on technology adoption rather than creation, technology–skill mismatch, and technology-appropriate capital. The surveyed studies provide policy implications for each of these features as follows. To avoid the poverty trap and for efficient adoption of technologies, accumulation of human capital—specifically general human capital—and width of human capital are crucial. To avoid the technology– skill mismatch, the speed of technology upgrading should be appropriate to take full advantage of learning-by-doing and the earning potential of the current stock of specific human capital. Finally, depending on the stage of development, countries should properly balance investments between general and specific human capital, width and depth of human capital, basic and development research, and primary and secondary and tertiary education.

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  • Kim , Yong Jin & Terada-Hagiwara, Akiko, 2010. "A Survey on the Relationship between Education and Growth with Implications for Developing Asia," ADB Economics Working Paper Series 236, Asian Development Bank.
  • Handle: RePEc:ris:adbewp:0236

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    1. Md. Rabiul Islam, 2010. "Human Capital Composition, Proximity to Technology Frontier and Productivity Growth," Monash Economics Working Papers 23-10, Monash University, Department of Economics.
    2. Barry P. Bosworth & Susan M. Collins, 2003. "The Empirics of Growth: An Update," Brookings Papers on Economic Activity, Economic Studies Program, The Brookings Institution, vol. 34(2), pages 113-206.
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    Cited by:

    1. A. Z. Nowak & Gangadhar Dahal, 2016. "The contribution of education to economic growth: Evidence from Nepal," International Journal of Economic Sciences, International Institute of Social and Economic Sciences, vol. 5(2), pages 22-41, June.
    2. Harinder Kohli & Ashok Sharma & Anil Sood (ed.), 2011. "Asia 2050: Realizing the Asian Century," Books, Emerging Markets Forum, edition 1, number asia2050, August.
    3. Gangadhar Dahal, 2016. "Education policy and its contribution to socioeconomic development of Nepal with reference to some selected Asian Countries," Proceedings of Teaching and Education Conferences 3906633, International Institute of Social and Economic Sciences.

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    human capital; education; growth; Asia;

    JEL classification:

    • I20 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - General
    • J24 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Human Capital; Skills; Occupational Choice; Labor Productivity
    • O15 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Economic Development: Human Resources; Human Development; Income Distribution; Migration


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