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Industrialization versus Education: Optimal Investment Choices and Growth in a Developing Economy

Peter Robertson ()

Review of Development Economics, 2000, vol. 4, issue 2, 175-83

Abstract: Recent growth theory has focused on the role of human capital as a source of welfare gains in developing economies, rather than traditional sources such as improving resource allocation and physical capital accumulation. This paper examines traditional developing-country labor market problems in a Uzawa-Lucas endogenous growth model. Numerical solutions show that policies which promote human capital accumulation can have significant short-term costs, and lower overall welfare improvements, than policies that give similar productivity improvements in the physical-capital or final-goods sector. Copyright 2000 by Blackwell Publishing Ltd

Date: 2000
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