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Title:Human Resource Development and Africa's Economic Growth: Perspectives for Policy Planning in Kenya
Author(s):Oketch, Moses Otieno
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Laurence John Parker
Department / Program:Education
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Sociology, Social Structure and Development
Abstract:Public expenditure in education therefore presents especially important link in determining the strength of the relationship between human resource development and economic growth. A dynamic perspective on the relationship between human capital and economic growth is explored on the case of economic priorities and education in Kenya. Areas of policy concern are discussed, ranging from demand, supply, relevance, and efficiency of human capital formation through schooling. Unemployment and underdevelopment puts Kenya at crossroads in terms of the economic and educational policies pursued by the government. Key conclusions are that the productivity resulting from investment in education is of prime importance to per capita growth of Africa. However, expanded human capital must be accompanied by equal expansion of employment opportunities resulting from increased investment in physical capital. This way education enjoys the equilibrium of being a consumption and an investment at the same time. Governments of African nations must also take the advantage of the endogenous growth spillover currently generated by the knowledge saturated industrial economies, and avoid "stop-go" educational and economic policies.
Issue Date:2002
Description:151 p.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2002.
Other Identifier(s):(MiAaPQ)AAI3044192
Date Available in IDEALS:2015-09-25
Date Deposited:2002

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