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

Event Location

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


Senior Researcher