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.

Press References

Shakeeb Khan (Boston College)
"Dynamic Discrete Choice with Unobserved Heterogeneity"
May 8, 2019

Bruce Weinberg (Ohio State University)
"Publish or Perish: Selective Attrition as an Unifying Explanation for Patterns in Innovation over the Career"
April 25, 2019

Michela Tincani (University College London)
"Promoting Access to University: An Evaluation Using a Structural Model and a Randomized Policy"
April 4, 2019

Seth Sanders (Duke University)
"Immigrant Earnings Assimilation in the United States: A Panel Analysis"
March 7-8, 2019

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