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Human Capital Persistence and Development

Rudi Rocha, Claudio Ferraz () and Rodrigo Soares ()

American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, 2017, vol. 9, issue 4, 105-36

Abstract: This paper documents the persistence of human capital over time and its association with long-term development. We exploit variation induced by a state-sponsored settlement policy that attracted immigrants with higher levels of schooling to particular regions of Brazil in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. We show that one century after the policy, municipalities that received settlements had higher levels of schooling and higher income per capita. We provide evidence that long-run effects worked through higher supply of educational inputs and shifts in the structure of occupations toward skill-intensive sectors.

JEL-codes: I26 J22 J24 J61 N36 O15 Z13 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
Note: DOI: 10.1257/app.20150532
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