How market access shapes human capital accumulation in a peripheral country: the case of Spain

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Abstract

© 2014 Taylor & Francis. Human capital endowment is one of the main factors influencing the level of development of a region. This article analyses whether remoteness from economic activity has a negative effect on human capital accumulation and, consequently, on economic development. Making use of microdata, this research proves that remoteness from economic activity can explain the differences in the level of education observed across Spanish provinces over the last 50 years. The effect is significant even when controlling for the improvement of education supply. Nonetheless, the accessibility effect has been petering out since the 1960s due to decreasing barriers to mobility.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1118-1132
JournalApplied Economics
Volume47
Issue number11
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2015

Keywords

  • human capital
  • market access
  • regional development

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