Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/121149
Authors: 
Prettner, Klaus
Strulik, Holger
Year of Publication: 
2015
Series/Report no.: 
FIW Working Paper 148
Abstract: 
We investigate the effects of human capital accumulation on trade and productivity by integrating a micro-founded education and fertility decision of households into a model of international trade with firm heterogeneity. Our theoretical framework leads to two testable implications: i) the export share of a country increases with the education level of its population, ii) the average profitability of firms located in a country also increases with the education level of its population. We find that these implications are supported by empirical evidence for a panel of OECD countries from 1960 to 2010.
Subjects: 
firm heterogeneity
international competiveness
education
fertility decline
JEL: 
F12
F14
I20
J11
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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