This conference brings together two groups to discuss optimal dynamic policies for fostering human capital formation.  One group uses the mechanism design of optimal policies with human capital, typically with a limited framework for human capital production, while the other thinks more deeply about human capital formation (cognitive vs. non-cognitive skills, early childhood investments, etc.), but typically considers ad-hoc policy reforms.  The goal is to have a mix of presentations and participants from both of these areas over two days.

The academic organizers of the conference are Marek Kapicka, Associate Professor of Economics, University of California, Santa Barbara; Lance Lochner, Professor and Director, CIBC Centre for Human Capital and Productivity, University of Western Ontario; and Peter Rupert, Professor of Economics and Associate Director, Laboratory for Aggregate Economics and Finance, University of California, Santa Barbara. The conference is co-sponsored by the Human Capital and Economic Opportunity Global Working Group at the University of Chicago.