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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.

For their article "Post-Secondary Attendance by Parental Income in the U.S. and Canada: What Role for Financial Aid Policy," Lance Lochner and co-authors Philippe Belley (PhD 2011) and Marc Frenette were awarded the Harry Johnson Prize for the best article published in the Canadian Journal of Economics in 2014.

Tim Conley has been named a 2015-2017 Social Science Faculty Scholar and awarded the William G. Davis Chair in International Trade for a five-year period commencing July 1, 2014.

Salvador Navarro has been appointed as the W. Glenn Campbell Faculty Research Fellow for a five-year term, 2015-2020.

Research by Betsy Caucutt, Lance Lochner and Yongmin Park on the reasons why children of poorer parents exhibit less developed math and reading skills by the time they begin grade school was featured in an article in the Washington Post entitled "The Real Reason Why Poor Kids Perform Worse in School - And in Life."

See More Press References

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
3:30 p.m., Room 4161 SSC

Andrew Shephard (University of Pennsylvania)
"Optimal Taxation, Marriage, Home Production, and Family Labour Supply"
Wednesday, November 23, 2016
3:30-5:00 p.m., Rm 4161 SSC

Jane Cooley Fruehwirth (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
"Religion and Depression in Adolescence"
Wednesday, November 16, 2016
3:30-5:00 p.m., Rm 4161 SSC

Thibaut Lamadon (University of Chicago), Wednesday, October 26, 2016
"A Distributional Framework for Matched Employer Employee Data"
(with Stéphane Bonhomme and Elena Manresa)

Arnaud Maurel (Duke University), Wednesday, October 19, 2016
"Ex Ante Returns and Occupational Choice"

Andrew Ching (Rotman School of Management), Wednesday, October 12, 2016
"A Structural Model of Correlated Learning and Late-Mover Advantages: The Case of Statins"
(with  Hyunwoo Lim)

Christian Belzil (Ecole Polytechnique and ENSAE), Wednesday, September 21, 2016
"Dynamic Skill Accumulation, Education Policies and the Return to Schooling"
(with Jörgen Hansen and Xingfei Liu)

Conference on Misallocation and Productivity
May 16, 2016