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What Explains Schooling Differences Across Countries?

Juan Cordoba and Marla Ripoll ()

No 2011-028, Working Papers from Human Capital and Economic Opportunity Working Group

Abstract: This paper provides a theory that explains the cross-country distribution of average years of schooling, as well as the so called human capital premium puzzle. In our theory, credit frictions as well as differences in access to public education, fertility and mortality turn out to be the key reasons why schooling differs across countries. Differences in growth rates and in wages are second order.

Keywords: human capital; per capita income differences; life expectancy; public education spending; life cycle model (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I22 J24 O11 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2011-05
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