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The Production of Human Capital in Developed Countries: Evidence from 196 Randomized Field Experiments

Roland G. Fryer, Jr

NBER Working Paper No. 22130
Issued in March 2016
NBER Program(s):Children, Economics of Education, Labor Studies

Randomized field experiments designed to better understand the production of human capital have increased exponentially over the past several decades. This chapter summarizes what we have learned about various partial derivatives of the human capital production function, what important partial derivatives are left to be estimated, and what – together – our collective efforts have taught us about how to produce human capital in developed countries. The chapter concludes with a back of the envelope simulation of how much of the racial wage gap in America might be accounted for if human capital policy focused on best practices gleaned from randomized field experiments.

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