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Conquering or mapping? Textbooks and the dissemination of human capital theory in applied economics

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Textbooks are an important subject for the study of science in general and economics in particular. In this paper, we analyse at the process of the acceptance of human capital theory through its inclusion in economics textbooks by looking at two specialized fields to which this theory became highly influential: labour economics and the economics of education. The analysis will compare the patterns of the dissemination of these new theoretical developments in a more consolidated field and in an emergent field of economics research with a particular focus in the early stages of that dissemination process.
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Keywords: B20; B21; I20; J01; J24; Textbooks; applied economics; education; human capital; labour; professionalization

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: January 2, 2018

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