Publication: Trade and Human Capital Accumulation : Evidence from U.S. Immigrants
This study provides empirical evidence that trade increases on-the-job human capital accumulation by estimating the effect of home country openness on estimated returns to home country experience of U.S. immigrants. The positive effect of trade on on-the-job human capital accumulation remains significant when controlling for GDP, educational attainment, and institutional quality. It is not the result of self-selection, heterogeneity in returns to experience, English-speaking origin, or cultural background. The effect persists when restricting the sample to non-OECD countries, thereby resolving the theoretical ambiguity of whether trade increases or decreases learning-by-doing. The role of trade in generating economic growth is therefore likely to be more important than generally considered.
“Dömeland, Dörte. 2007. Trade and Human Capital Accumulation : Evidence from U.S. Immigrants. Policy Research Working Paper; No. 4144. © World Bank, Washington, DC. http://openknowledge.worldbank.org/entities/publication/88d13a67-70f8-543e-b68c-c18007281b0d License: CC BY 3.0 IGO.”
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