Geography, human capital and urbanization: A regional analysis

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JournalEconomics Letters
DateAccepted/In press - 25 Mar 2018
DatePublished (current) - 4 Apr 2018
Volume168
Number of pages5
Pages (from-to)10-14
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

Using subnationally representative data for 679 regions from 64 low- and middle-income countries, we document that geography, especially trade-related features, explains a substantial share of within-country variation in the level of human capital. We further show that a large part of the explanatory power can be attributed to the close interrelation between urbanization and concentration of human capital. These results bring together studies that identify human capital as an important determinant of regional development and the literature on economic geography that emphasizes geography's role in shaping the spatial distribution of urbanization and economic activity.

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  • Geography, Human capital, Urbanization

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