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Schooling, Production Structure and Growth: An Empirical Analysis on Italian Regions

C. Hirsch and Giovanni Sulis ()

Working Paper CRENoS from Centre for North South Economic Research, University of Cagliari and Sassari, Sardinia

Abstract: This paper analyses the growth effects of high levels of human capital at the industry level. By favouring technology adoption, human-capital-intensive industries grow faster compared to less human-capital-intensive industries in economies that have higher levels of human capital. Using data for nine macro sectors of manufacturing industries in the twenty Italian regions, the results show positive and significant effects of human capital levels and accumulation on value added growth. This result is robust to a series of sensitivity checks such as measures of productivity growth and different indicators of human capital. This finding is particularly important for Italy, as it has always had a model of industrial specialization focused on the traditional sectors which have a low content of technology and human capital.

Keywords: growth; human capital; technology adoption; regions; sectors; italy (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: O47 R11 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-edu, nep-eff, nep-geo, nep-hrm, nep-tid and nep-ure
Date: 2008
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