Becker Friedman Institute
for Research in Economics
The University of Chicago

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Human Capital and Economic Opportunity

Measuring the impact of human capital investment on macroeconomic performance, income, and inequality

The Human Capital and Economic Opportunity Global Working Group (HCEO), funded by the Institute for New Economic Thinking (INET), carries out comprehensive and interdisciplinary research into human capital development and its impact on macroeconomic performance and stability, personal income and opportunity inequality. The goal of the Working Group is to increase individual opportunity by increasing the effectiveness of human capital investment worldwide. The Working Group is comprised of members who come from universities, institutes and governments around the world.

Directing the project are: James J. Heckman (University of Chicago); Robert Dugger (ReadyNation); and Steven N. Durlauf (University of Wisconsin-Madison). More »