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The low-skill, low-quality trap: strategic complementarities between human capital and R & D

By Stephen Redding


This paper investigates the relationship between investments in human capital and R & D in a model of endogenous growth. Both forms of investment exhibit pecuniary externalities and are, as a result strategic complements. Multiple equilibria may occur for intermediate parameter values, and the present analysis may be seen as providing a theoretical rationalisation for the idea that an economy may become trapped in a 'low-skills' equilibrium, characterised by a poorly trained workforce and low product quality. In the presence of multiple equilibria, there may be a welfare-improving role for government policy in co-ordinating expectations

Topics: HB Economic Theory
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell on behalf of the Royal Economic Society
Year: 1996
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Provided by: LSE Research Online
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