Human Capital Inequality and Economic Growth: Some New Evidence

14 Pages Posted: 15 Dec 2002

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María Amparo Castelló Climent

Universitat Jaume I de Castello

Rafael Doménech

University of Valencia - Department of Economic Analysis

Abstract

This paper provides new measures of human capital inequality for a broad panel of countries. Taking attainment levels from Barro and Lee (2001), we compute Gini coefficients and the distribution of education by quintiles for 108 countries over five-year intervals from 1960 to 2000. Using this new cross-country data on human capital inequality two main conclusions are obtained. First, most countries in the world have tended to reduce the inequality in human capital distribution. Second, human capital inequality measures provide more robust results than income inequality measures in the estimation of standard growth and investment equations.

Suggested Citation

Castelló Climent, María Amparo and Doménech, Rafael, Human Capital Inequality and Economic Growth: Some New Evidence. Economic Journal, Vol. 112, pp. C187-C200, 2002. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=312205

María Amparo Castelló Climent

Universitat Jaume I de Castello ( email )

Av. de Vicent Sos Baynat, s/n
E-12071 Castello de la Plana
Spain

Rafael Doménech (Contact Author)

University of Valencia - Department of Economic Analysis ( email )

Campus de los Naranjos
46022 Valencia
Spain
+96 382 8210 (Phone)
+96 382 8249 (Fax)

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