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Lookup NU author(s): Professor Rachel Franklin
This is the authors' accepted manuscript of a book chapter that has been published in its final definitive form by Springer, 2019.
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A wealth of research has documented the importance of human capital for economic growth and development. While much of this body of research focuses on estimating the relationship between some economic outcome and, generally, levels of educational attainment, a subsidiary corpus of research has developed that focuses on documenting and explaining the geographic variation in human capital stocks that exists. The popular press, in its turn, has also adopted human capital stocks as a proxy for urban and regional vibrancy. Little attention has been focused on what, in fact, constitutes a talent or human capital magnet and how different measures of a seemingly straightforward concept might not only generate different results but might also be capturing more than simply levels of educational attainment. This chapter uses data on educational attainment—the share of the population with at least a college degree—for US metropolitan areas in 2000 and 2010 to conceptualize what is meant by a human capital or talent magnet and to highlight a few ways in which results might be driven by definition and measure. Of particular interest are the roles of age structure, migration, and relative performance.
Author(s): Franklin RS
Editor(s): Franklin, RS
Publication type: Book Chapter
Publication status: Published
Book Title: Population, Place, and Spatial Interaction
Online publication date: 24/11/2019
Acceptance date: 02/09/2019
Series Title: New Frontiers in Regional Science: Asian Perspectives
Place Published: Singapore
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