Regional Measures of Human Capital in the European Union
German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin); European University Viadrina Frankfurt (Oder); Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA); Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS)
German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin) - Competition and Consumers
German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin)
IZA Discussion Paper No. 3919
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.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 31
Keywords: human capital indicators, regional growth
JEL Classification: I20, O30, O40, O52working papers series
Date posted: January 19, 2009
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