Conference: “Quantifying knowledge: human capital measurement, ca. 1700-2010”
Format: Two-day workshop
Date: Friday 9 – Saturday 10 December, 2011
Venue: Centre for Global Economic History, Utrecht, the Netherlands (www.cgeh.nl)
In recent decades much effort has been made to reach a better understanding of the role of human capital in long-run economic growth. Whereas some use proxy measure such as age heaping, average years, other use direct measures such as expenditure on education or earnings derived from investments in human capital (measuring the present value of future cash flows resulting from human capital investment). Yet, while many studies have been done in this field, very few of them focus on the comparability of the estimates of human capital, even though measurement issues are probably crucial in the empirics of growth. The idea is to bring together ca. 12-14 people to discuss the strength and weaknesses of the human capital measures in a comparative perspective. Examples of questions that may be asked are
a) Does a human capital measure provide the same information over time (e.g. provides expenditure on education in the 19th century the same information as in the 20th century)?
b) Can a human capital measure be used indiscriminately across countries (e.g. gives age heaping in China and Europe the same information)?
c) How can they be combined into a single coherent measure of human capital (Can we create an integral human capital variable running from the medieval period until the present)?
The Centre for Global Economic History is part of the Research Institute for History and Culture of Utrecht University and is ca. 15 minutes walk from the main railway station
The organizers offer a maximum of 3 night stay in a hotel nearby as well as travel expenses when necessary.
For more information contact Peter Foldvari (email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
The workshop is organized by Peter Foldvari and Bas van Leeuwen, and is part of the clio-infra initiative as well as the Centre of Global Economic History.
Friday 9 December
8:15 Welcome with coffee and tea.
9-10.30: Session 1: early developments in human capital
11-12.30: Session 2: Holland and England
Nina Boberg‐Fazlic and Jacob Weisdorf: Human Capital Formation from Occupations: England 1550-1850
14.00-15.30: Session 3: Economic Systems and Education
Jonas Ljungberg: Swedish input and output of the education sector paper
16.00-17.00: Session 4: Africa and Latin America
19.00- 21.00: dinner
Saturday 10 December
9.00-10.30: Session 5: Asia
Dmitry Didenko, Peter Foldvari, and Bas van Leeuwen: Central planning, economic growth: a theoretical and empirical application on the USSR and Central Europe ca. 1920-2000
11.00-12.30: Session 6: A Global Perspective & Final discussion