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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.


Philip Merrigan and Pierre Lefebvre receive grant to study ADHD in young Quebeckers

January 29, 2018 –Philip Merrigan and Pierre Lefebvre received funding for the School of Management and the Faculty of Science of the Université du Québec à Montréal to partner with Geneviève Lefebvre, Professor in the Department of Mathematics. The grant, a value of $15,000, will help them analyze statistical data from Québec to look at ADHD treatments. Three broad objectives are pursued:

  • evaluate and quantify the importance of false positive and negative ADHD diagnostics;
  • compute trajectories of medical acts and prescription drugs for ADHD as a function of age and frequency of ADHD diagnostics;
  • estimate treatment duractions with or without diagnostic and differences by cohort and other factors.

For more information (in French), go to: XPair en santé.


Study by Catherine Haeck and Pierre Lefebvre contributes to the financial stability of the OLO program.

In 2017, the OLO prenatal nutrition program was selected by the Plan d’action gouvernemental pour l’inclusion économique et la participation sociale 2017-2023. The plan mentions the conclusions of Catherine Haeck and Pierre Lefebvre’s work on the OLO program published in Labour Economics in 2016. Our work clearly demonstrates the benefits of the program and the positive impact it has on child health at birth. This recognition comes with a grant of $4,3M for the next 5 years.


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.