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The long-run impact of human capital on innovation and economic development in the regions of Europe

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  • Claude Diebolt
  • Ralph Hippe

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Human capital is supposed to be an important factor for innovation and economic development. However, the long-run impact of human capital on current innovation and economic development is still a black box, in particular at the regional level. Therefore, this paper makes the link between the past and the present. Using a large new dataset on regional human capital and other factors in the 19th and 20th century, we find that past regional human capital is a key factor explaining current regional disparities in innovation and economic development.

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  • Claude Diebolt & Ralph Hippe, 2016. "The long-run impact of human capital on innovation and economic development in the regions of Europe," Working Papers of BETA 2016-31, Bureau d'Economie Théorique et Appliquée, UDS, Strasbourg.
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    Keywords

    Human Capital; Economic Development; Innovation; Regions; Europe.;
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    JEL classification:

    • I25 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Education and Economic Development
    • N90 - Economic History - - Regional and Urban History - - - General, International, or Comparative
    • O18 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Urban, Rural, Regional, and Transportation Analysis; Housing; Infrastructure
    • R11 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics - - - Regional Economic Activity: Growth, Development, Environmental Issues, and Changes

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