Education and Human Capital

  • Sascha O. Becker
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Economic History book series (PEHS)


In modern economies, more educated people typically earn more, live healthier lives, are less likely to be divorced, are more future-oriented, less likely to have children while teenagers and less likely to be ever arrested. This chapter discusses some of the drivers of education, its relationship to culture and virtues, as well as its impact on demography and economic development. Economic history is presented by its author as a means of answering the question of causality.

JEL Classification

I21 I25 I26 J24 N30 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sascha O. Becker
    • 1
  1. 1.University of WarwickCoventryUK

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