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Title:Regional measures of human capital in the European Union PDF Logo
Authors:Dreger, Christian
Erber, Georg
Glocker, Daniela
Issue Date:2009
Series/Report no.:IZA discussion papers 3919
Abstract:The accumulation of the human capital stock plays a key role to explain the macroeconomic performance across regions. However, despite the strong theoretical support for this claim, empirical evidence has been not very convincing, probably because of the low quality of the data. This paper provides a robustness analysis of alternative measures of human capital available at the level of EU NUTS1 and NUTS2 regions. In addition to the univariate measures, composite indicators based on different construction principles are proposed. The analysis shows a significant impact of construction techniques on the quality of indicators. While composite indicators and labour income measures point to the same direction of impact, their correlation is not overwhelmingly high. Moreover, popular indicators should be applied with caution. Although schooling and human resources in science and technology explain some part of the regional human capital stock, they cannot explain the bulk of the experience.
Subjects:Human capital indicators
regional growth
JEL:I20
O30
O40
O52
Persistent Identifier of the first edition:urn:nbn:de:101:1-20090119152
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:IZA Discussion Papers, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit (IZA)
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