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Does Demographic Transition with Human Capital Dynamics Matter for Economic Growth? A Dynamic Panel Data Approach to GMM

Munir Ahmad () and Rana Khan ()
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Munir Ahmad: Pakistan Institute of Development Economics (PIDE)

Social Indicators Research: An International and Interdisciplinary Journal for Quality-of-Life Measurement, 2019, vol. 142, issue 2, 753-772

Abstract: Abstract This study seeks to empirically investigate whether demographic transition with dynamics of human capital matters for economic growth for a representative sample of developing world. The empirical analysis based on panel of 67 developing countries, using 5-year interval data over 1960–2014, has been done by employing dynamic panel System-Generalized Method of Moments (Sys-GMM) estimator. The empirical findings suggest that demographic transition and human capital, in accordance with the theory, matter for economic growth of developing economies. The economically active population and labor force participation rate have positive contribution in economic growth. Moreover, the inclusion of human capital in level-form makes economic growth more sensitive to changes in human capital. The lag term of human capital yields insightful findings that higher the accumulation of human capital in previous time period, higher will be the economic growth in the current time period. However, the pre-requisite to achieve the benefits of this demographic transition in developing world is flexible labor markets capable to absorb the youth entering the working-age population. For market flexibility, sustained investment in human capital is required.

Keywords: Demographic transition; Human capital; System generalized method of moments estimator; Economic growth; Dynamic panel (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2019
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