Centre for Human Capital and Productivity

The Centre and its Mandate

The Centre for Human Capital and Productivity (CHCP) is one of the eight governing research centres that encompass the Network for Economic and Social Trends (NEST), which brings together the research centres in the Faculty of Social Science.

The Centre for Human Capital and Productivity (CHCP) (formerly the CIBC Centre for Human Capital and Productivity), in the Department of Economics at Western University has a broad mandate to study and provide policy advice on issues related to human capital and productivity. CHCP publishes a working paper series and sponsors conferences, seminars, and workshops on human capital and productivity. CHCP also publishes and widely distributes policy briefs to distill and disseminate key policy-related research findings to a broad audience of policymakers, journalists, and other researchers.


Research Themes

CHCP researchers study a wide range of issues related to human capital and productivity. Recent research projects supported by CHCP have been categorized by the following general themes:

Governor of Bank of Canada refers to research by Audra Bowlus and Lance Lochner in recent speech on the uneven economic recovery September 10, 2020.

Roland Fryer, Harvard University Professor references Lance Lochner's research in The Economist article Policing in America, on better alternatives to defunding the police July 10, 2020.

Bloomberg News discusses research on racial differences in marriage by Betsy Caucutt.

Terry Sicular was interviewed on CFPL AM 980’s Craig Needles Show August 31, 2016 regarding Justin Trudeau’s trip to China and the opportunity for dialogue on issues of common interest to the two countries, including trade and foreign investment.

See More Press References

Giovanni Gallipoli (University of British Columbia)
"Firm Heterogeneity in Skill Returns"
December 5, 2019

Michael Gilraine (New York University)
"A New Method for Estimating Teacher Value Added"
(Joint with Jiaying Gu and Robert McMillan)
October 15, 2019

John Ham (New York University)
"Selection, Gender and the Impact of Schooling Type in the Dhaka Slums"
September 24, 2019