Publication: A Micro-Decomposition Analysis of the Macroeconomic Determinants of Human Development
van de Walle, Dominique
This paper shows how differences in aggregate human development outcomes over time and space can be additively decomposed into a pure economic-growth component, a component attributed to differences in the distribution of income, and components attributed to "non-income" factors and differences in the model linking outcomes to income or non-income characteristics. The income effect at the micro level is modeled non-parametrically, so as to flexibly reflect distributional changes. The paper illustrates the decomposition using data for Morocco and Vietnam, and the results offer some surprising insights into the observed aggregate gains in schooling attainments. A user friendly STATA program is available to implement the method in other settings.
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“Lambert, Sylvie; Ravallion, Martin; van de Walle, Dominique. 2007. A Micro-Decomposition Analysis of the Macroeconomic Determinants of Human Development. Policy Research Working Paper; No. 4358. © World Bank, Washington, DC. http://hdl.handle.net/10986/7343 License: CC BY 3.0 IGO.”
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