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Welcome to the website of the Research Group on Human Capital of UQAM’s School of Management (ESG UQAM).

The main objective of the Research Group on Human Capital (Groupe de recherche sur le capital humain) is to contribute to the economics research on all aspects of human capital, using mainly a microeconometric approach based on survey microdata representative of the population or on administrative data. The Group’s research themes include notably education, labor and well-being, and concern above all children, youth and families. One of the priorities of the Research Group on Human Capital is to study the effects of public policies on human capital and its development broadly speaking, as well as on inequalities.


Professor Marie Connolly receives prestigious Fulbright Award

March 9, 2017 – Marie Connolly, professor at the Department of Economics, received a USD 25,000 Fulbright Visiting Research Chair award from Fulbright Canada, for her project titled “Social Mobility in Canada and the United States.”

Funded by the governments of Canada and the United States, the Fulbright Canada program is one of the most prestigious programs of scholarly exchanges. Each year, the award allows researchers to pursue research stays in American universities.

On sabbatical leave from UQAM, Marie Connolly spent the Fall of 2016 at SUNY Plattsburgh (pictured above in Plattsburgh, (c) Rob Fountain). She visited the Institute on Québec Studies, which hosts Quebec researchers every year. From January 2017 on, she continues her work at the University of California, Berkeley. She also obtained funding from UC Berkeley’s Canadian Studies Program through the John A. Sproul Research Fellowship, a value of USD 4,000.

For more information (in French):

More than $300,000 in funding from the Fonds de recherche du Québec – Société et Culture

July 13, 2015 –As part of a governmental funding program from the Fonds de recherche du Québec – Société et Culture (FRQSC), the “Action concertée” on poverty and social exclusion, the Research Group on Human Capital of UQAM’s School of Management was offered two research grants of a total value of over $300,000.

Two projects funded

Marie Connolly, professor at the Departments of Economics of UQAM’s School of Management, and her colleagues Catherine Haeck, Amélie Quesnel-Vallée, Pierre Lefebvre and Philip Merrigan received close to $160,000 in funding for their research project titled “Economic Mobility in Quebec Seen through the Intergenerational Transmission of Income.”

Philip Merrigan, professor at the Departments of Economics of UQAM’s School of Management, and his colleagues Marie Connolly, François Gardes, Catherine Haeck, Amélie Quesnel-Vallée, Simon Langlois, and Pierre Lefebvre also received more than $150,000 for their project titled “A Long-Term Analysis of Inequalities and Socioeconomic Mobility by Birth Cohort, Income and Consumption Levels of Economic Families and Parental Education: 1965-2015.”



Workshop October 6, 2017

Social Mobility and Intergenerational Transmissions

The Research Group on Human Capital held its its fourth workshop on Friday, October 6, 2017, at the University of Quebec in Montreal. Six academic researchers from the fields of Economics and Sociology presented recent work. The presentations primarily featured empirical research using microeconometric models, with a particular emphasis on questions of identification of causal effects. The workshop is intended to promote discussion and exchanges on the theme of social mobility, broadly speaking, with a special interest in the role of public policies and interventions and their potential to equalize opportunities. Topics covered in this workshop include social mobility, intergenerational transmissions, social stratification, public policies, and social inequalities. The workshop is open not only to academics (professors, researchers, graduate students), but also to administrators and policymakers as well as to officials from governmental institutions with an interest in the topic.

The workshop took place at the University of Quebec in Montreal, building Président-Kennedy, 201 Président-Kennedy Avenue (Place-des-Arts metro station), room PK-1140, from 9:25 AM to 4:30 PM.

For the schedule and more information, click here.