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Faculty of Economics

Human Capital And Economic Outcomes
In A European Developing Economy, C. 1600 - C. 1900

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Title: Human Capital And Economic Outcomes In A European Developing Economy, C. 1600 - C. 1900

Sponsor: British Academy

Description: The project explores the relationship between education and economic growth. Theories of economic growth ascribe a central role to education, but no study has yet shown that before 1900 education caused growth, rather than growing incomes enabling people to consume more education. Ogilvie thinks this puzzle can be resolved by moving away from national-level aggregative comparisons to focus on the level of the household and the individual – where educational and economic choices are actually made. To do this, she will analyze a unique household-level database recording people’s educational, economic and demographic decisions in central European communities between 1600 and 1900. Her aim is to shed light on the micro-level relationship between education, economic growth and human well-being. Ogilvie will take up her Wolfson British Academy Professorship in October 2013.

Principal Investigator

Professor Sheilagh Ogilvie

Published Papers

Klein, A. and Ogilvie, S. Occupational structure in the Czech lands under the Second Serfdom, (2016) Economic History Review

Cambridge Working Papers in Economics

Ogilvie, S., Edwards, J. and Küpker, M. Economically Relevant Human Capital or Multi-Purpose Consumption Good? Book Ownership in Pre-Modern Württemberg, (2016) CWPE1655
Ogilvie, S. and Küpker, M. Human Capital Investment in a Late-Developing Economy: Evidence from Württemberg, c. 1600 – c. 1900, (2015) CWPE1528

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Economic Growth

Economic History