Health, Human Capital Formation and Knowledge Production: Two Centuries of International Evidence

32 Pages Posted: 13 Oct 2012 Last revised: 12 Jun 2021

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Jakob B. Madsen

University of Copenhagen - Department of Economics

Date Written: October 2012

Abstract

Recent medical research shows that health is highly influential for learning and the ability to think laterally; however, past economic studies have failed to empirically examine the influence of health on learning, schooling, and ideas production; the main drivers of growth in endogenous growth models. This paper constructs a measure of health-adjusted educational attainment among the working age population based on their health status during the time they did their education. Using annual data for 21 OECD countries over the past two centuries it is shown that health has been highly influential for the quantity and quality of schooling, innovations and growth.

Suggested Citation

Madsen, Jakob Bruechner, Health, Human Capital Formation and Knowledge Production: Two Centuries of International Evidence (October 2012). NBER Working Paper No. w18461, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2161208

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