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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

Joe Hotz - Duke University
(Short-term Visitor)
"Financing Children's College Attendance and Its Consequences" (with Emily Wiemers, Joshua Rasmussen and Kate Maxwell Koegel)
March 9, 2017
3:30 p.m., Rm 4161 SSC
Graduate Seminar

Joe Hotz - Duke University
(Short-term Visitor)
"Parenthood, Family Friendly Firms, and Gender Gaps in Work Careers" (with Per Johansson and Zrizo Karimi)
March 8, 2017
3:30 p.m., Rm 4161 SSC

Dan Ackerberg - University of Michigan
"Timing and Information Set Assumptions in a Production Function Context"
Monday, March 6, 2017

Manuela Angelucci - University of Michigan
"The Marriage Market for Lemons: HIV Testing and Marriage in Rural Malawi" (with Daniel Bennett)
Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Ying Fan (University of Michigan)
"Competition, Product Proliferation and Welfare: A Study of the U.S. Smartphone Market"
Friday, February 3, 2017

Ioana Marinescu (Harris School of Public Policy)
"The General Equilibrium Impacts of Unemployment Insurance:  Evidence from a Large Online Job Board"
Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Andrew Shephard (University of Pennsylvania)
"Optimal Taxation, Marriage, Home Production, and Family Labour Supply"
Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Jane Cooley Fruehwirth (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
"Religion and Depression in Adolescence"
Wednesday, November 16, 2016