Senior Project Advisor

Dr. Anca Sirbu

Document Type

Project

Publication Date

Spring 2020

Keywords

gender, macroeconomics, growth, human capital, development

Abstract

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.

Department

Economics

Type

Text

Rights

Copying of this document in whole or in part is allowable only for scholarly purposes. It is understood, however, that any copying or publication of this document for commercial purposes, or for financial gain, shall not be allowed without the author’s written permission.

Language

English

Format

application/pdf

Included in

Economics Commons

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