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Labor force aging and the composition of regional human capital

Paula Prenzel and Simona Iammarino

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Abstract: Human capital investments are frequently suggested as a policy measure to cope with smaller and older labor forces caused by demographic change across Europe. However, the availability and composition of human capital is fundamentally intertwined with demographic structures, especially at a regional level. This article analyzes how aging is related to the regional composition of human capital for German regions between 2000 and 2010. The findings show that labor force aging is associated with lower educational attainment and that older labor forces have higher shares of traditional vocational degrees. On a national level, education expansion still sufficiently compensates for the effects of population aging, but regional human capital composition shows distinct trends.

Keywords: demographic change; human capital; regional development; ES/M008436/1; 1378766 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J21 J24 R10 R12 R23 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 24 pages
Date: 2021-03-15
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-age, nep-dem, nep-geo, nep-sbm and nep-ure
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Published in Economic Geography, 15, March, 2021, 97(2), pp. 140 - 163. ISSN: 0013-0095

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