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Although the relationship among education, science, technology, and economic development is nearly universally accepted, the link among education, infrastructure, and economic growth has yet to be empirically demonstrated. A multivariate analysis of cross-national data regarding 48 countries was performed to document relationships between technical education and economic development. A multivariate time series regression model was used to analyze national enrollment in secondary and tertiary education and labor force participation statistics from the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization annual yearbook and Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development indicators to determine the relationship between technical education and economic development as measured by gross domestic product per capita growth rates. Although it was acknowledged that accounting for economic growth of a nation/state requires consideration of factors beyond the study's scope (including natural resources, geographic location, and political climate/stability), it was concluded that the analysis clearly demonstrated the importance of postsecondary technical education, specifically at the two-year college level, to economic development. Government educational policies in Korea, France, and Germany were cited as examples of how careful attention to technical engineering education at the two-year college level represents a coherent, effective mechanism for national economic development. (Contains 27 references.) (MN)

Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Economic Development, Economic Impact, Education Work Relationship, Educational Objectives, Educational Policy, Educational Research, Foreign Countries, Global Approach, Literature Reviews, Multivariate Analysis, Public Policy, Secondary Education, State of the Art Reviews, Synthesis, Technical Education, Technical Occupations, Two Year Colleges

Autor: Honig, Benson; Ramirez, Francisco


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