Education, technology adoption and productivity

Mateos-Planas, X. (1998) Education, technology adoption and productivity. Southampton, UK, University of Southampton (Discussion Papers in Economics and Econometrics, 9817).


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This paper exploers the causes of economic disparities across countries in a vintage-capital model that endogenizes education and technology adoption decisions. The implications of differences in the costs of adopting new technologies and in the quality of schools for differences in income per capita and educational attainment are examined. If, as some evidence on human capital indicates, the main role of education consists of improving the ability to learn to operate new technologies, the analysis suggests that differences in the costs of adopting new technologies can be a primary source of cross-country disparities. On its part, differences in the quality of schools cannot be a fundamental cause of these disparities.

Item Type: Monograph (Discussion Paper)
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Subjects: T Technology > T Technology (General)
H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
L Education > L Education (General)
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Social Sciences > Economics
ePrint ID: 33169
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
January 1998Made publicly available
Date Deposited: 25 Jan 2008
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 11:59

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