Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/77041
Authors: 
Müller, Ralf
Year of Publication: 
2000
Series/Report no.: 
IWH Discussion Papers 126
Abstract (Translated): 
The human capital of a nation is highly correlated to its productivity. Thus, differences in human capital may be seen as one factor determining the productivity gap between East and West Germany. However, a disadvantage of East Germany with regard to hu-man capital only shows up as long as it concerns skills that are built up on the job, i.e., by learning by doing; even more, this disadvantage has been decreasing in the 1990's. In contrast, as long as it concerns skills that have been acquired through formal education, East Germany has a high level of human capital in comparison to West Germany. In general, the problem of East Germany's human capital proves to be rather demand-sided. It may be due to East Germany's low skill-intensive industry structure.
Subjects: 
East Germany
education
human capital
productivity
transformation
JEL: 
I21
J24
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Document Type: 
Working Paper

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