About HCI

The mission of the Human Capital Initiative (HCI) is to advance interdisciplinary research on the role of human capital in human development to inform policy solutions to global challenges including poverty, women’s empowerment, and sustainable economic growth through investments in education and health.

HCI has three programs:

  • Population Health: supports research and policy outputs that investigate the determinants of population health in transitioning societies, particularly those determinants that are related to economic development, environmental change, and shifting disease burdens.
  • Education and Productivity: pursues research and policy activities on the topic of skills and employment outcomes.
  • Institutions and Development: fosters research on political, social, and economic effects of financial development, decentralization, and institutional change.