The purpose of this paper is to compare the role of human capital accumulation measured by number of years of schooling with the relative contribution of institutional capacity to prosperity. We employ several concepts of institutional quality prevalent in the literature. We discover that developing human capital is as important as superior institutional functioning for economic well-being. Indeed, the accumulation of human capital stocks via increased education might lead to improved institutional functioning, and the utilisation of policies like trade liberalisation.

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Series ISS Staff Group 1: Economics of Sustainable Development
Journal Education Economics
Murshed, S.M, & Mamoon, D. (2009). Want economic growth with good quality institutions? Spend on education. Education Economics, 17(4), 445–468. doi:10.1080/09645290801931782