nep-hrm New Economics Papers
on Human Capital and Human Resource Management
Issue of 2011‒04‒02
four papers chosen by
Tommaso Reggiani
Universita' di Bologna

  1. Inequality, Human Capital Formation and the Process of Development By Oded Galor
  2. Human capital and productivity By Angel de la Fuente
  3. Retaining through Training: Even for Older Workers By Picchio, Matteo; van Ours, Jan C.
  4. Interactions Between Local and Migrant Workers at the Workplace By Gil S. Epstein; Yosef Mealem

  1. By: Oded Galor
    Abstract: #
    Keywords: Education, Gender Gap, Human capital, Income distribution, Inequality, Devel- opment, Unified Growth Theory
    Date: 2011
  2. By: Angel de la Fuente
    Abstract: This paper surveys the empirical literature on human capital and productivity and summarizes the results of my own work on the subject. On balance, the available evidence suggests that investment in education has a positive, significant and sizable effect on productivity growth.According to my estimates, moreover, the social returns to investment in human capital are higher than those on physical capital in most EU countries and in many regions of Spain.
    Keywords: human capital, productivity, growth, measurement error JEL Classification: O40, I20, O30, C19.
    Date: 2011–02
  3. By: Picchio, Matteo (Tilburg University); van Ours, Jan C. (Tilburg University)
    Abstract: This paper investigates whether on-the-job training has an effect on the employability of workers. Using data from the Netherlands we disentangle the true effect of training incidence from the spurious one determined by unobserved individual heterogeneity. We also take into account that there might be feedback from shocks in the employment status to future propensity of receiving firm-provided training. We find that firm-provided training significantly increases future employment prospects. This finding is robust to a number of robustness checks. It also holds for older workers, suggesting that firm-provided training may be an important instrument to retain older workers at work.
    Keywords: training, employment, human capital, older workers
    JEL: C33 C35 J21 J24 M53
    Date: 2011–03
  4. By: Gil S. Epstein (Department of Economics, Bar Ilan University); Yosef Mealem (Netanya Academic College)
    Abstract: In this paper we consider the interaction between local workers and migrants in the production process of a firm. Both local workers and migrants can invest effort in assimilation activities in order to increase the assimilation of the migrants into the firm and so by increase their interaction and production activities. We consider the effect, the relative size (in the firm) of each group and the cost of activities, has on the assimilation process of the migrants.
    Keywords: Assimilation; Contracts; Ethnicity; Market Structure; Networks; Harassment
    JEL: D74 F23 I20 J61 L14
    Date: 2010–08

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