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PhD Course: Education, Human Capital and Innovation

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Prof. Dr. Silke Übelmesser
Tue, 28 Oct 2014
Wed, 29 Oct 2014
Thu, 30 Oct 2014
(with breaks)
Friedrich Schiller University Jena,
Bachstraße 18k (east wing)


Requirements for passing the course:

Presentation of a paper (50 % of final grade)
Students will be assigned a paper after registering for the course. Presentations are scheduled for October 30.
Research proposal (50 % of final grade)
Students will submit a proposal on an education / human capital project within a month after the course. Further details will be provided during the course. 

Both parts have to be passed.


In this course, we will focus on (higher) education and (skilled) human capital. Questions of interest are: What are individual and public incentives as to the investment in and the (public or private) provision of higher education? How important are market failures? What are the differences between closed and open economies? What is the role of education and human capital for innovation and growth?

Every student has to present a paper from a list of recent papers, which will then be discussed in class. The purpose is to identify current research topics. 


References will be announced in class.

Papers for student presentations (to be extended):

Bertocchi, G. and A. Dimico (2014): "Slavery, education, andinequality", European Economic Review 70, 197-207.

Bhuller, M., M. Mogstad and K. G. Salvanes (2014): "Lify cycle earnings, education premiums and internal rates of return", NBER Working Paper No. 20250.

Black, S., P. Devereux and K. Salvanes (2005): "The More the Merrier? The Effect of Family Size and Birth Order on Children´s Education", The Quarterly Journal of Economics, 669-700.

Couch, K. A. and D. W. Placzek (2010): "Earnings Losses of Displaced Workers Revisited", American Economic Review 100(1), 572-589.

Cuaresma, J. C., W. Lutz and W. Sanderson (2014): "Is the Demographic Dividend an Education Dividend?", Demography 51, 299-315.

Falck, O., M. Fritsch and S. Heblich (2011): "The Phantom of the Opera: Cultural Amenities, Human Capital, and Regional Economic Growth", Labour Economics 18(6), 755-766.

Huttunen, K., J. Møen and K. G. Salvanes (2011): "How destructive is creative destruction? Effects of job loss on job mobility, withdrawal and income", Journal of the European Economic Association 9(5), 840-870.

Stuen, E. T., A. M. Monarak and K. E. Maskus (2012): "Skilled Immigration Innovation: Evidence from Enrolment Flugtuations in US Doctoral Programmes", The Economic Journal 122, 1143-1176.

Graduate Programs

For further information about the graduate program:


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Chapter III