Senior Project Advisor
Dr. Anca Sirbu
gender, macroeconomics, growth, human capital, development
This paper examines the gender-separate effects of human capital on economic growth using a regression framework, treating human capital as dually influenced by both health and education. Upon controlling for fertility, we find that there is no statistically significant difference between the effects that the male and female human capital dimensions have on economic growth: accumulation of both is equally important. Furthermore, our results also shed light on the different effects that human capital’s components, health and education, have on countries at different levels of development. We find that health effects, regardless of gender, are more prominent for growth in low-income countries, whereas education effects are more significant for high-income countries. We also examine an extension of the model that considers interactions between the effects of health and education on economic growth. This interaction is considered to be a potential avenue for future research into human capital and macroeconomic growth.
King, Jordan, "Gender Separate Effects of Human Capital on Economic Growth" (2020). WWU Honors Program Senior Projects. 416.
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