Recent News

The most recent issue of the Journal of Human Capital (JHC) (Fall 2017) celebrates the life and scholarship of the late Nobel laureate Ronald Coase – This issue contains contributions from economists including Sam Peltzman and David Friedman, in addition to a transcription of Coase’s remarks at “The Market for Ideas, Human Capital, and Economic Development,” hosted by the Center of Human Capital at the University of Buffalo on May 12, 2012. At this conference, given in his honor, Coase received an honorary doctorate from the State University of New York (SUNY). The articles in this issue of JHC follow and expand upon that 2012 conference, beginning with a transcription of the remarks given by Isaac Ehrlich, Coase, and Peltzman at the event’s luncheon

Human Capital 3E has received full funding – The Human Capital 3E project, in operation for the past 3 years here in the Economics department, received approval for permanent funding from the University at Buffalo administration. The project will continue to involve research and programmatic collaboration between our department and Educational Leadership and Policy in the Graduate School of Education, as well as allow us to pursue additional partnerships with the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.

The Life and Work of Gary Becker – Former colleagues, students and friends of Gary S. Becker gathered at this memorial conference, sponsored by the Journal of Human Capital and the Becker Friedman Institute, celebrating Becker’s research on human capital and discussing recent advances in the areas of education, human capital formation and technological innovation, and immigration. This was held in at the University of Chicago on October 16th, 2015 – Read more

logo_gross_grau_000Dr. Isaac Ehrlich recently presented “The Evolution of Migration Flows Over the Course of Economic Development – A Human Capital Perspective” at the IZA and Center on Human Capital Workshop on Migration and Human Capital.

The workshop was held on May 23-24th, 2013 in Bonn, Germany. He also serves as an IZA Research Fellow.

Conference Information – IZA Information

toulhouseDr. Isaac Ehrlich recently presented “The Problem of the Uninsured ‐ Implications for Health Insurance” at Risk and choice: A conference in honor of Louis Eeckhoudt.

The conference was held at the Toulouse School of Economics in Toulhouse, France.

Conference information.

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1991 Nobel Prize winner Ronald Coase to receive honorary doctorate

The University at Buffalo honored Nobel Laureate Ronald Coase on May 12th, 2012 at the Buffalo-Niagara Marriott. The conference paid tribute to his innovative work, especially over the last decade. The State University of New York also awarded Prof. Coase with an honorary doctorate degree the following day, during UB’s 166th general commencement ceremony.

For complete conference information, click here.

logo_unitHealth, Aging, and Human Capital with Rand Corporation

The Center of Excellence on Human Capital and the Rand Corporation Bing Center in Los Angeles, California co-sponsored a conference on Health, Aging, and Human Capital. The conference took place on December 2 & 3, 2011 at Rand Corporation’s Los Angeles office.

For more information on the Bing Center, please see this webpage:

AEAAEA New Directions in the Economics Analysis of Human Capital

An invited session at the American Economic Association titled “New Directions in the Economic Analysis Human Capital”, (G1, I1, I2) was Co-Chaired by Isaac Ehrlich and (UB) Jim Heckman (U. of Chicago) at the Atlanta American Association meeting on January 4, 2010 at 10:15 am and held at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis. Click HERE for full program.

New Directions in the Economic Analysis of Education Conference in Chicago

Dr. Ehrlich coordinated the “New Directions in the Economic Analysis of Education” conference held at the University of Chicago in November, 2009.

Dr. Ehrlich, in coordination with Noble Laureate Gary Becker, head of the Milton Friedman Institute for Research in Economics at the University of Chicago, organized and cosponsored the event.

Conference Photos

rockerfellerEhrlich serves as Keynote Speaker at Rockerfeller Institute

Sustaining and advancing New York’s “Human Capital” is critical to the state’s efforts to recover from the current recession and compete in the global economy, according to experts at a New York State Network for Economic Research conference held at the Rockefeller Institute on September 14, 2009.

Keynote speaker Isaac Ehrlich, chair of the Department of Economics at the University at Buffalo and editor of the University of Chicago Press’ Journal of Human Capital, said human innovation and ingenuity are responsible for the technological advances that have fueled the U.S. economy over the last century.

He urged further investment in the state’s human capital not only to help speed economic recovery but also to help the nation maintain its position as an economic leader. Other speakers discussed such topics as education and employment trends and their relationship to economic activity.
Audio, video, papers, and presentations pertaining to the event are now available here.