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Human Capital and Economic Growth in an Overlapping Generations Model

Binh Tran-Nam, Công Nghê Truong and Pierre Ninh Van Tu
Journal of Economics
Vol. 61, No. 2 (1995), pp. 147-173
Published by: Springer
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/41794426
Page Count: 27
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Human Capital and Economic Growth in an Overlapping Generations Model
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Abstract

The paper describes an aggregative optimal growth model, the essential features of which are that individuals are mortal and obtain their labor skill through educational training. The process of human capital formation is described by an education function which relates the pass rate to the educational expenditure per student. Two alternative scenarios, private and public education regimes, are separately investigated. Under the decentralized education regime, risk-neutral individuals borrow to finance their education when young. Under the centralized education regime, the cost of education is financed by taxes imposed on the workers in the economy, and the central government maximizes a long-term social target function. The equilibria of both regimes are analyzed and various comparative static results derived. It is shown that educational investment in a decentralized equilibrium is higher than that in the centralized steady state. We also establish that there exists a time discount rate at which or above which the decentralized per capita consumption exceeds that of the centralized steady state whereas for time rates of discount sufficiently near the population growth rate, the above result will be reversed.

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