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.


CIHR Grant of $ 3M to Professor Haeck and Colleagues

October 8, 2021 – Following their last competition for the funding of projects related to public health, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) granted major support of $ 3 million over four years to a team of researchers including Professor Catherine Haeck of the GRCH of the École des sciences de la gestion (ESG). The funds will support a new round of the Canadian Health Survey on Children and Youth (CHSCY). Scheduled for 2022, the survey will measure the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the development and health of young Canadians aged 1 to 17. Congratulations to everyone involved!

The Conversation: Risks associated with school closures still outweigh the risks to children’s health

August 31, 2021 – Catherine Haeck and some of her colleagues recently published this article based on their research findings to indicate that even with the progression of variants, closing schools would have far more negative than positive effects on children’s well-being and futures. Different studies carried out either in Canada, the United Kingdom, the United States or Belgium have indicated that despite the variants, the symptoms of children who have contracted COVID-19 generally remain mild. The opening of schools remains crucial for the academic, social and behavioral development of children. In addition, schools provide social support, help establish healthy lifestyles and help immigrant children learn new languages as well as foster their integration into their new communities.

>Check out the full article

August 4 Webinar Featuring a RGHC Paper on the Reopening of Primary Schools and Parental Work

This first webinar collaboration between the Canadian Research Data Centre Network (CRDCN) and the Canadian Journal of Economics (CJE) will feature, amongst others, the “Primary School Reopenings and Parental Work” paper by Pierre-Loup Beauregard, Marie Connolly, Catherine Haeck, and Tímea Laura Molná. The objective of this webinar is to highlight work that will be published in the forthcoming COVID-19 special issue.

Date and time: August 4, 2021 from 1:00-2:00 p.m.

Format: free webinar (registration is required)
Language: English
Presenters: Pierre-Loup Beauregard and Derek Mikola
>To register

La Presse: Being Strong in Math Translates to Higher Salaries

June 28, 2021 – Catherine Haeck, Raquel Fonseca and Marie Mélanie Fontaine this month published a study entitled “The link between numeracy skills and labor market performance in Quebec” (in French) with CIRANO this month. One of the major findings is that adults aged 35 to 54 in Québec who are strong in math earn 21% more than other adults. This salary gap was found equally among men and women, blue-collar and white-collar workers, immigrants and born in Canada. In addition, this salary advantage has increased over time from the 2000s. As summarized by Professor Catherine Haeck: “The more time passes, the more the gap increases between individuals with strong numeracy skills and the others.” This mainly descriptive research used confidential microdata from the Program for the International Assessment of Adult Skills (PIAAC) and from the Longitudinal and International Survey of Adults (LISA).

>To read the article (in French)


GRCH-GRIP Workshop April 24, 2020

The Role of Education in Social Mobility

The Research Group on Human Capital will hold its sixth workshop in collaboration with the Research unit on children’s psychosocial maladjustment (GRIP) on Friday, April 24, 2020, at the University of Quebec in Montreal. Nine academic researchers from the fields of Economics, Sociology, and Psychology will present 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 education and social mobility. 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 will take place at the University of Quebec in Montreal, building Président-Kennedy, 201 Président-Kennedy Avenue (Place-des-Arts metro station), room PK-1140, from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM.