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.


Amélie Quesnel-Vallée receives funding from FRQSC to study which social policies produce a better redistribution of wealth

November 29, 2019 – Amélie Quesnel-Vallée, a collaborator of the GRCH, was awarded a research grant of $ 189,999 by the Fonds de recherche du Québec, Société et Culture, as part of their Concerted Actions programme. This grant, on which Marie Connolly and Catherine Haeck are co-applicants, should allow a better understanding of the social policies that promote wealth redistribution, with the goal to reduce social inequalities and inequalities of income and health. The results will also help the government’s reflections on the matter.

Pierre Lefebvre and Catherine Haeck’s research put forward through the Parcours impact for UQAM’s 50th anniversary

Between December 3, 2019 and April 3, 2020, come discover the Parcours impact for UQAM’s 50th anniversary in the agora of the Judith-Jasmin pavilion. You will be able to see a post on Pierre Lefebvre eand Catherine Haeck’s research on the evaluation of the nutritional program OLO. Their work is one of 50 research projects from throughout UQAM’s history to have been chosen to represent research and its impacts at UQAM. Congratulations to Catherine and Pierre! For more information (in French), click here.

Catherine Haeck to present at colloquium organized by the GRIP and CHU Sainte-Justine

On December 12, 2019, Catherine Haeck will present during a colloquium on maternal mental health during the perinatal period. The colloquium, jointly organized by the GRIP and the Centre de recherche du CHU Sainte-Justine, will take place from 9:30AM to 1PM at amphitheater 125 of CHU Sainte-Justine. The event is in French.

Catherine Haeck to present the plenary session at the Journées annuelles de santé publique of the Institut national de santé publique du Québec

On November 28, 2019, Catherine Haeck will be the guest speaker at the opening plenary session of the Journées annuelles de santé publique hosted by the Institut national de santé publique du Québec. Her presentation (in French), titled ” Démystifier les outils économiques pour favoriser l’équité sociale en santé.” Follow this link for more information (in French).

Marie Connolly to present her research at the FRQSC and in webcast

On November 22, 2019, Marie Connolly will present her research in a knowledge transfer event organised by the Fonds de recherche du Québec – Société et Culture. This event is the final activity for a research grant received by the Research Group on Human Capital to study social mobility in Quebec. Connolly and Haeck’s work made possible the development of Statistics Canada’s Intergenerational Income Database and resulted, among others, in a publication in the Journal of Labor Economics. This meeting will take place in Quebec City, in French, but is accessible to anyone through a webcast. Registration can by done by by following this link. Other research projects financed by the same Action concertée programme from the FRQSC will also be presented: Pierre Doray from UQAM and Guy Lacroix from Université Laval are on the program. Fore more information and the program, click here.


Workshop April 24, 2020

The Role of Education in Social Mobility

The Research Group on Human Capital will hold its sixth workshop on Friday, April 24, 2020, at the University of Quebec in Montreal. Six to eight academic researchers from the fields of Economics and Sociology 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 9:25 AM to 4:30 PM.