Human capital

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Research report

27 Mar 2017

This report on the Regional Australia Institute's [In]Sight Human Capital Index focuses on life-long learning. It provides, for each region, an overall assessment of the skill level of the engaged workforce.

Conference paper

16 Feb 2017

In the field of labor economics, human capital refers to the stock of knowledge or characteristics of a worker that contributes to their productivity. Investment in education and training of individuals can enhance their level of human capital and this will be valued in the...


15 Jun 2016

Credentialism has distorted the direction and basis of half a century’s education and training policy, argues Dean Ashenden.

Research report

23 Jul 2015

Executive Summary

Training and professional development are key tools for strategically enhancing the leadership and technical competence of any workforce. Research shows that formal learning experiences that are well aligned, designed, delivered, and applied do improve individual and organisational performance. Indeed, the development...

Research report

30 Apr 2015

This executive summary integrates findings from two reports:

- Developing a Regional Resilience Monitor

- The Development of the Gippsland Economic Modelling Tool

As an initiative of the Latrobe Valley Industry and Employment Roadmap, the reports’ findings focus on three Gippsland local...

Research report

30 Oct 2014

Executive Summary

This study develops a Regional Resilience Monitor (RRM) which will enable the measurement of changes over time in a number of key dimensions for the well-being of regional Australia. Resilience is defined as the capacity of a local community to respond...

Research report

29 Feb 2012

In this paper, the authors examine the links between human resource management, including learning and development practices, and building innovation capacity. The survey component of the research found only limited evidence for the links between human resource management and innovation capacity, although some management practices...

Discussion paper

4 Aug 2009

Using the first two waves of the Vietnam Living Standards Survey, this paper investigates how a father's temporary absence affects children left behind in terms of their school attendance, household expenditures on education, and nonhousework labour supply in the 1990s. The estimating subsample is children...

Research report

1 Oct 2008

The OECD has found that Australia’s economic performance is not as strong as might be expected given the strength of its economic policy settings. Differences in geography – distance to world markets, natural resource endowments, and population settlement patterns – help explain differences in economic...

Discussion paper

1 Apr 2001

This paper examines the role of human resource development as a driver of growth for Australia. The focus is upon education and immigration as sources of human capital formation and upon associated policies for economic growth.