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Title: Human Capital and Regional Wage Gaps
Author: López Bazo, Enrique
Motellón Corral, Elisabet  
Keywords: Education
Regional disparities
Returns to human capital
Wage gap decomposition
Issue Date: 2-Jan-2012
Publisher: Regional Studies
Citation: López Bazo, E. & Motellón, E. (2012). Human Capital and Regional Wage Gaps. Regional Studies, 46(10), 1347-1365. doi: 10.1080/00343404.2011.579092
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Abstract: This paper uses micro-level data to analyse the effect of human capital on regional wage differentials. The results for the set of Spanish regions confirm that they differ in the endowment of human capital, but also that the return that individuals obtain from it varies sharply across regions. Regional heterogeneity in returns is especially intense in the case of education, particularly when considering its effect on the employability of individuals. These differences in endowment and, especially, in returns to human capital, account for a significant proportion of regional wage gaps.
Language: English
ISSN: 0034-3404MIAR
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