Education, Competence Development and Economic Growth — A Microeconomic Explanation to Macroeconomic Growth

  • Gunnar Eliasson
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In this paper I define education broadly and indirectly as the investment activity that produces the kind of competence capital that contributes to economic growth, as measured. Hence, this essay is partly a study of proper economic measurement. I am concerned both with the particular educational activity that occurs in educational institutions, separated from the job context, and learning in a broader sense, on-the-job or in the context of the job. I ask:
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    Why is education in a narrow and a broad sense important for economic growth?

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    What do we know about the quantitative relationships involved, and the incentives that promote development of competence?

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    What can governments do? Are there well defined parameters? What knowledge is required to achieve political ambitions?



Total Factor Productivity Growth Theory Shift Factor Total Factor Productivity Growth Knowledge Capital 
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  • Gunnar Eliasson
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  1. 1.IUIStockholmSweden

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