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Unrewarded careers in the creative class: The strange case of bohemian graduates

Roberta Comunian, Alessandra Faggian () and Qian Li ()

Papers in Regional Science, 2010, vol. 89, issue 2, 389-410

Abstract: Abstract In recent years, the role of human capital in economic development has been integrated with the concept of ‘creative class’. To investigate the impact of creative occupations, the paper focuses on the jobs and career opportunities of individuals with high human capital in the creative disciplines (bohemian graduates). Using micro‐individual student data by the Higher Education Statistical Agency, we highlight the mismatch between bohemian graduates and creative occupations and their low economic reward. The data question the role of bohemian graduates as agents of knowledge spillovers and highlight the need to differentiate between different type of human capital and job markets to better understand their influence on local growth. Abstract El rol del capital humano en el desarrollo económico ha incorporado en los últimos años el concepto de la ‘clase creativa’. Para investigar el impacto de los puestos de trabajo creativos, este artículo se centra en los puestos y oportunidades laborales de individuos con un capital humano elevado dentro de las disciplinas creativas (graduados bohemios). Utilizando datos micro‐individuales de estudiantes de la Agencia Estadística de Educación Superior (HESA, U.K.) ponemos de manifiesto la falta de concordancia entre graduados bohemios, ocupaciones creativas, y baja remuneración económica. Los datos cuestionan el papel de los graduados bohemios como agentes de spillovers de conocimiento y resaltan la necesidad de distinguir entre tipos diferentes de capital humano y mercados laborales para entender mejor su influencia en el crecimiento local.

Date: 2010
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