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.

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.

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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Petra Todd (University of Pennsylvania)
Short-Term Visitor
"A Dynamic Model of Personality, Schooling, and Occupational Choice"
"Structural Estimation and Policy in Development"
November 22-23, 2018

Cecilia Diaz Campo (Western University)
"Shape-Preserving Approximation Methods"
November 16, 2018

Guerogui Kambourov (University of Toronto)
"Use It or Lose It: Efficiency Gains from Wealth Taxation"
(Joint with Fatih Guvenen, Burhan Kuruscu, Sergio Ocampo, and Daphne Chen)
November 15, 2018

Kegon Tan (University of Rochester)
"Bequest Motives and the Social Security Notch"
October 18, 2018

Francisco Agnostinelli (University of Pennsylvania
"Money vs. time: Family Income, Maternal Labor Supply, and Child Development" 
October 4, 2018

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