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Delayed Effects of Graduate Education on Increased Productivity

Simister, J ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-6304-309X (2014) Delayed Effects of Graduate Education on Increased Productivity. Journal of Economic and Financial Studies, 2 (2). pp. 55-65. ISSN 2379-9463

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Abstract

Human Capital Theory’ shows that education is a vital part of improving productivity. This paper investigates effects of tertiary education (post-school education: at universities, higher-education colleges, and similar institutions) on how productive an employee is. A problem with such research is to identify which variable is the cause, and which is the effect. This paper uses time-series regression analysis of World Bank data, on the fraction of a country’s workforce with tertiary education, and productivity. This paper also uses Britain as a case study: the British Household Panel Study shows what happens to a graduate in the years after they leave university. The delayed effects of education on output makes clear that education is a cause (rather than an effect) of improvements in productivity. In conclusion, university-level education is beneficial to economic growth.

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