GDP Center Launch of the Human Capital Initiative

We are pleased to announce the official launch of the GDP Center’s Human Capital Initiative (HCI). The Human Capital Initiative brings together interdisciplinary policy-oriented research that focuses on the role of human capital in shaping the social, political and economic opportunities of individuals and communities in low- and middle-income settings around the world.

Researchers from the HCI team focus on three main areas:
  1. Program on Women’s Empowerment Research (POWER)
  2. Population Health Economics
  3. The Political Economy of Human Capital

Research that has been generated through HCI has served to inform policy in Sub-Saharan Africa, South and Southeast Asia, the Middle East, and Latin America.

In the past academic year, the HCI team has published 31 working papers, journal articles, and reports with 10 as part of the HCI working paper series, a few of which are highlighted below. This fall, HCI will also host the HCI Speaker Series and a Research on Tap event in conjunction with the BU Research Office (fliers below). These events aim to: a) offer a forum to scholars from all across BU and beyond to discuss their research related to issues around human capital and development; and b) foster new university-wide collaborations around these central themes.
We invite you to find more about the initiative by visiting our new HCI website at
The GDP Center is a University – wide center in partnership with the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies and the Vice President and Associate Provost for Research.
We look forward to working with faculty and students at Boston University to engage in the global conversation on human capital and development.

HCI News & Publications

The GDP Center is a University-based empirically driven research center and earned the access to and respect of governments, international institutions, the media, advocacy and scholarly communities. Our research agenda at the GDP Center is theoretically driven, empirically based and engaged with stakeholders through strategic communications. Follow us on Twitter @GDPC_BU and join our mailing list for the latest HCI updates.


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