The Role of Colleges and Universities in Building Local Human Capital

by Sabrina I. Pacifici on October 31, 2011

The Role of Colleges and Universities in Building Local Human Capital, Jaison R. Abel and Richard Deitz, Federal Reserve Bank of New York, October 2011

  • “Colleges and universities can contribute to the economic success of a region by deepening the skills and knowledge or human capital of its residents. Producing graduates who join the region’s educated workforce is one way these institutions increase human capital levels. In addition, the knowledge and technologies created through research activities at area universities may not only attract new firms to a region but also help existing businesses expand and innovate. These “spillover effects” can in turn raise the region’s demand for high-skilled workers.”
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