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Human Capital, Innovation and Growth (PhD Course)

Lecturer: Professorin Dr Silke Übelmesser, (University of Jena)
Venue: University of Jena (seminar room 102, Bachstrasse 18k); hybrid format (if demanded) for class on 30 January.
Date: January 16-18, 2024 and January 30, 2024.
Registration: Please register by sending an email to silke.uebelmesser@uni-jena.de by November 15, 2023 (first come, first served), listing the paper, you plan to present and replicate (giving some reasons for your choice).

The course will be on-site in Jena.
It is possible to organize the class on 30 January as a hybrid session if there is demand.

Course outline:
In this course, we will focus on skilled human capital and its relationship with innovation and growth.

Topics include:
Human capital investment in closed and open economies; language as a special type of human capital; effect of technical progress (digitization) on skill composition; tendencies of polarization on the labor market; role of human capital for innovation and growth

The purpose is to make PhD students familiar with important contributions and identify current topics.

Requirements for passing the course

Part I: Group work (20% of final grade):

Students have to participate in a group work and make a group presentation. Allocation of topics will be before Christmas; presentations will be during class on 16, 17 and 18 January.

Part II: Replication study (80% of final grade):

Students are required to replicate the main parts of an empirical paper on the course’s topics (in a broad sense).

Presentation of the paper (20% of final grade):
Students should select a suitable paper before the course and present this paper as well as their ideas about the replication during the class on 30 January.

Replication (60% of final grade):
Students have to submit a paper (some weeks after the course) describing the replication exercise. Further details will be provided during the course.

[If you are not familiar with quantitative or qualitative methods needed for a replication study, there might be other options for Part II. In this case, please get in touch with me.]

All parts have to be passed.