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Title:Are there social returns to both firm-level and regional human capital? Evidence from German social security data PDF Logo
Authors:Braakmann, Nils
Issue Date:2009
Series/Report no.:University of Lüneburg Working Paper Series in Economics 143
Abstract:This paper provides first evidence on the social returns to education from both firm-level and regional human capital. Using panel data from German social security, both at an individual and aggregated at the plant and regional level, I estimate earnings functions incorporating measures of regional and firm-level human capital while controlling for various types of unobserved heterogeneity, demand shocks, regional physical capital and other regional and firm-level confounders. The results suggest negligibly small external returns to the firm-level shares of high-skilled workers. On the regional level, the results show no support for external returns to education, except for skilled workers.
Subjects:Human capital externalities
social returns to education
error-component model
JEL:D62
J24
J31
R11
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:Working Paper Series in Economics, Leuphana Universität Lüneburg

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