經濟與管理論叢(Journal of Economics and Management)  
  Volume 12, No. 2  
  August, 2016  
     
  Women in Politics: A New Instrument for  
  Studying the Impact of Education on Growth  
   
 

Li-Ju Chen

 
  Department of Urban Industrial Management and Marketing, University of Taipei, Taiwan  
     
 

Abstract

 

 

This paper tests the growth model of distance to the technological frontier, which states that the closer an economy is to the frontier, the more important is innovation relative to imitation as a source of productivity growth. Hence, an economy that is closer to the technological frontier should invest more in skilled labor, since innovation is a skill-intensive activity. I use the proportion of female legislators as an instrument for skilled labor, in contrast to the lagged educational expenditures used in Vandenbussche et al. (2006). The results with the new instrument are consistent with the theoretical prediction and the earlier results of Vandenbussche et al. (2006).

 

     
 

Keywords: distance to the technological frontier, women in politics  

 

 

JEL classification: H52, I20, J16, O30, O40  

 

 
   

 

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