Human Capital Spillovers and Regional Development
22 Pages Posted: 5 Feb 2015 Last revised: 28 Jan 2016
Date Written: January 28, 2016
This paper introduces technological interdependence à la Ertur and Koch (Growth, technological interdependence and spatial externalities: Theory and evidence. Journal of Applied Econometrics 2007; 22: 1023-1062) into the theoretical framework of Gennaioli et al. (Human capital and regional development. Quarterly Journal of Economics 2013; 128: 105-164). This extension leads to an expression for regional development with spatial effects that motivates the incorporation of the geographical dimension into their newly constructed database and empirical analysis. Our estimation results corroborate both the necessity of accounting for the presence of spatial dependence to study the determinants of regional income per capita and the importance of educational attainment in explaining regional development differences. Furthermore, we provide evidence that human capital generates positive spatial spillovers.
Keywords: Regional development, technological interdependence, human capital, spatial Durbin model, spillover effects
JEL Classification: C12, C21, O47, R11
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