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Availability of Higher Education and Long-Term Economic Growth

  • Ryo Horii

    (Osaka University)

  • Akiomi Kitagawa

    (Tohoku University)

  • Koichi Futagami

    (Osaka University)

This paper examines the economic growth effects of limited availability of higher education in a simple endogenous growth model with overlapping generations. With limited availability, the scarcity of human capital keeps its price high and distributes a larger share of the aggregate output to young households. Under certain conditions, it leads to greater aggregate savings in each period, thereby enabling the economy to grow faster than without any limitation. In such cases, an excessive expansion in the availability causes a temporary boom followed by a serious deficiency in investible funds, resulting in a substantial slowdown in economic growth.

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Length: 37 pages
Date of creation: 12 Apr 2005
Date of revision: 08 Sep 2005
Handle: RePEc:wpa:wuwpdc:0504005
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