THE EFFECTS OF CORRUPTION AND EMIGRATION ON EDUCATIONAL OUTCOMES

Open Access
Author:
Ringel, Amy
Area of Honors:
Economics
Degree:
Bachelor of Science
Document Type:
Thesis
Thesis Supervisors:
  • Edward James Green, Thesis Supervisor
  • David Shapiro, Honors Advisor
Keywords:
  • Corruption
  • Education
  • Emigration
Abstract:
I will discuss the value of education in terms of the measurable effect that increased investment in education has on economic growth in cross-national data. Existing research claims little or no correlation in such increased “human capital” investments and GDP per capita growth (Easterly 2002). I will offer possible explanations for these curiously uncorrelated variables with a focus on corruption and emigration. I argue that individuals choose a level of educational attainment based on the opportunities that exist domestically and abroad. Furthermore, I argue that the corruption and emigration level in each country is correlated with educational attainment.