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Education for growth : why and for whom?

Author: Alan B Krueger; Mikael Lindahl; National Bureau of Economic Research.
Publisher: Cambridge, MA : National Bureau of Economic Research, ©2000.
Series: Working paper series (National Bureau of Economic Research), working paper no. 7591.
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Abstract: This paper tries to reconcile evidence from the microeconometric and empirical macro growth literatures on the effect of schooling on income and GDP growth. Much microeconometric evidence suggest that education is an important causal determinant of income for individuals within countries. At a national level, however, recent studies have found that increases in educational attainment are unrelated to  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Econometric models
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Alan B Krueger; Mikael Lindahl; National Bureau of Economic Research.
OCLC Number: 70123410
Notes: "March 2000."
Description: 1 online resource (50, [13] pages) : illustrations.
Series Title: Working paper series (National Bureau of Economic Research), working paper no. 7591.
Responsibility: Alan B. Krueger, Mikael Lindahl.

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Abstract: This paper tries to reconcile evidence from the microeconometric and empirical macro growth literatures on the effect of schooling on income and GDP growth. Much microeconometric evidence suggest that education is an important causal determinant of income for individuals within countries. At a national level, however, recent studies have found that increases in educational attainment are unrelated to economic growth. This finding appears to be a spurious result of the extremely high rate of measurement error in first-differenced cross-country education data. After accounting for measurement error, the effect of changes in educational attainment on income growth in cross-country data is at least as great as microeconometric estimates of the rate of return to years of schooling. Another finding of the macro growth literature - that economic growth depends positively on the initial stock of human capital - is shown to result from imposing linearity and constant-coefficient assumptions on the estimates. These restrictions are often rejected by the data, and once either assumption is relaxed the initial level of education has little effect on economic growth for the average country.

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