Geography, Human Capital and Urbanization: A Regional Analysis

Matthias Flückiger, Markus Ludwig

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Using subnationally representative data for 679 regions from 64 low- and middle-income countries, we document that geography, especially trade-related features, explains a substantial share of within-country variation in the level of human capital. We further show that a large part of the explanatory power can be attributed to the close interrelation between urbanization and concentration of human capital. These results bring together studies that identify human capital as an important determinant of regional development and the literature on economic geography that emphasizes geography’s role in shaping the spatial distribution of urbanization and economic activity.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)10-14
JournalEconomics Letters
Early online date04 Apr 2018
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2018


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