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Did elite human capital trigger the rise of the West? Insights from a new database of European scholars

Project description

A closer look at the development of human capital

Schooling is certainly a strong predictor of economic growth. Upper-tail knowledge allows entrepreneurs in manufacturing to keep up with all the latest technological advances. For instance, developing human capacity, with a focus on technical skills relevant for industry, is key for industrialised countries’ success. The EU-funded UTHC project will determine the role of elite knowledge and upper-tail human capital in the rise of the West between the period 1000 and 1800 CE. The project will study a variety of published source materials to create a geographical grid of the density, composition and quality of upper-tail human capital across time. It will also develop a new theory to understand how codified knowledge and practical skills interact and how ideas spread.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/computer and information sciences/databases

Call for proposal

ERC-2019-ADG
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Funding Scheme

ERC-ADG - Advanced Grant

Host institution

UNIVERSITE CATHOLIQUE DE LOUVAIN
Address
Place De L Universite 1
1348 Louvain La Neuve
Belgium
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 1 311 263

Beneficiaries (1)

UNIVERSITE CATHOLIQUE DE LOUVAIN
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 1 311 263
Address
Place De L Universite 1
1348 Louvain La Neuve
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments