Estimation of Optimal Human Capital Accumulation Parameters for the Netherlands

J.J.M. Theeuwes, C.C. Koopmans, R. van Opstal, H. van Reijn

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Using the theory of optimal investments in human capital in general and Rosen's (1975, 1976) version of it in particular we tried to model and explain aggregate life-cycle income-profiles for The Netherlands in 1965, 1972 and 1979. The model allowed us to estimate and impute human capital accumulation parameters and paths. Changes in rates of return, depreciation rates, the value of the human capital stock and of lifetime human wealth could be identified and compared for the sample years. It was found that, in terms of some of these parameters, public-sector employees gained compared with private-sector employees and employees with higher vocational training gained ground over university-trained employees. © 1985.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)233-257
JournalEuropean Economic Review
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1985

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