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Centre for Human Capital and Productivity (CHCP)

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The Centre and its Mandate

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:


Other CHCP Activities

CHCP researchers have played an important role in the design of three major surveys in Canada, the U.S. and China.

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.

See More Press References

Richard Blundell (University College London) 
“Consumption and Income Dynamics”
 November 24, 2017                            

Richard Blundell (University College London)
“Children, Time Allocation and Consumption Insurance”
November 23, 2017

Stéphane Bonhomme (University of Chicago)
"Discretizing Unobserved Heterogeneity"
November 22, 2017

David Blau (Ohio State University)
"Intergenerational Correlation in Family Structure:
A New Look with Data from the NLSY79 Female Respondents and their Young Adult Children"
November 15, 2017

Todd Schoellman (Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis)
“The Changing Roles of Family Income and Academic
Ability for US College Attendance”
November 7, 2017

Nicolas Roys (Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis)
"Skill Prices, Occupations and Changes in the Wage Structure for Low Skilled Men"
(with Chris Taber)
September 17, 2017

UM-MSU-UWO Labour Day Conference
May 10, 2017