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Health and Human Capital


In modern, knowledge-based economies the connection between health and labor productivity is less obvious than it has been historically. While the movement toward increasingly sedentary jobs may have mitigated the impact of physical health limitations on productivity, other problems, such as productivity losses from mental disorders and risky health behaviors, are becoming increasingly relevant.

This workshop will provide a forum for empirical researchers in the fields of health, education, and labor economics or related disciplines to discuss these issues. We are especially interested in the relationships between health and human capital. Health is a crucial determinant of the development of cognitive and non-cognitive skills. At the same time, these skills may also influence health outcomes. Similarly, health and human capital determine and interact with individual labor market outcomes.

Possible topics for paper submissions include

  • Relationships between health and human capital
  • Formation of cognitive and non-cognitive skills, mental health
  • Intergenerational transmission of health and human capital
  • Health and labor market outcomes
  • Employability

Confirmed Keynote Speaker

  • Janet Currie (Columbia University)
  • Gerard van den Berg (University of Mannheim)

Academic Committee

  • Gerard van den Berg (University of Mannheim)
  • Charles Courtemanche (University of North Carolina at Greensboro)
  • Markus Frölich (University of Mannheim)
  • Christina Gathmann (University of Mannheim)
  • Andrea Mühlenweg (ZEW Mannheim)
  • Christopher Ruhm (University of Virginia)
  • David Ribar (University of North Carolina at Greensboro)

Programme, 66 KB


21.07.2011 - 22.07.2011

Location of the Event

ZEW, L 7,1 D-68161 Mannheim, Germany


115 EUR (the fee covers all meals and conference materials)

Additional Information

Travel and Accommodation

Regular participants whose papers are accepted for presentation will receive funding for basic travel costs (flight/train ticket & hotel for the duration of the conference) upon notification. However, each participant will have to pay the conference fee of 115 euros. This fee covers all meals and conference materials.

Call for Papers, (PDF, 112 KB)

Contributions (papers or abstracts) should be submitted as a PDF to health@zew.de.

Final submission date: April 15, 2011

Notification of successful submission: May 10, 2011

Contact and Infomation


Contact Person

  • Charles Courtemanche (University of North Carolina Greensboro)


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