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Technical Change and Human-Capital Returns and Investments: Evidence from the Green Revolution

Andrew D. Foster and Mark R. Rosenzweig
The American Economic Review
Vol. 86, No. 4 (Sep., 1996), pp. 931-953
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2118312
Page Count: 23
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Technical Change and Human-Capital Returns and Investments: Evidence from the Green Revolution
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Abstract

Panel and time-series data describing the green-revolution period in India are used to assess the effects of exogenous technical change on the returns to schooling, the effects of schooling on the profitability of technical change, and the effects of technical change and school availability on household schooling investment. The results indicate that the returns to (primary) schooling increased during a period of rapid technical progress, particularly in areas with the highest growth rates. Such increases induced private investment in schooling, net of changes in wealth, wages, and the availability of schools, and school expansion importantly increased levels of schooling.

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