Publication date: 
September 24, 2018

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hu·man cap·i·tal (noun): The attributes of a population that, along with physical capital such as buildings, equipment, and other tangible assets, contribute to economic productivity. These attributes include aggregate levels of education, training, skills, and health in a population that affect the rate at which technologies can be developed, adopted, and employed to increase productivity. In “Measuring human capital: a systematic analysis of 195 countries and territories, 1990–2016” IHME provides the first internationally comparable index of human capital. Building on past efforts, the study offers a measure of expected human capital that incorporates educational attainment, education quality or learning, functional health status, and survival for 195 countries, from 1990 to 2016.

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