Centre for Human Capital and Productivity

The Centre and its Mandate

The Centre for Human Capital and Productivity (CHCP) is one of the six 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:

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.

US Secretary of Education referenced Lance Lochner's research in his proposal to redirect $15 billion from correctional facilities to education. See Huffington Post, October 9, 2015.

Methodology for studying earnings mobility developed by Audra Bowlus and co-author Jean-Marc Robin used in latest OECD Employment Outlook 2015.

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Elena Pastorino (Stanford University)
May 20, 2020

Pascual Restrepo (Boston University)
May 13, 2020

Hamish Low (University of Oxford)
April 20, 2020 - CANCELLED

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