Human capital has become an increasingly important subject in the Social Sciences. Not only is it a main candidate of explaining income differences among countries, but it is often considered as the engine of long-run economic growth (see New Growth Theories). Also it has been studied in the context of institutions, its relationship with corruption and efficiency, and the impact of inequality of human capital on welfare.
As part of the CLIO-INFRA, the Research Institute for History and Culture of Utrecht University has taken the initiative to set up this website on human capital data. The aim is to extend the data availability during the coming years in order to create a comprehensive dataset on human capital with annual and historical data and a global coverage. In this way we hope to facilitate studies into long-run human capital and its linkages with other factors.
Human Capital for the year 1880 (source: Morrisson and Murtin 2009)
Human Capital for the year 2000 (source: Morrisson and Murtin 2009)