Overview

Human capital development—or people’s ability to acquire skills and knowledge through education and training—advances workers’ economic opportunity and strengthens employers and the economy. Yet the complex landscape of skills and training is fragmented across institutions of higher education, public and private providers, and other credentialing programs. More importantly, human capital development alone does not lead to greater economic mobility, as many workers continue to face barriers to reaching their full potential in the labor market.

Working Knowledge

Skills and training December 30, 2020

Evidence from Sector-Focused Training Programs Shows Significant and Persistent Earnings Gains

A new NBER working paper finds sector-focused training programs enabled participants to increase longer-term earnings through jobs with higher hourly wages.

Archana Pyati

Economic context December 14, 2020

Meet WorkRise's Inaugural Slate of Grantees

These nine projects will build new knowledge on accelerating economic mobility and advancing equity for workers in the U.S. labor market. 

Archana Pyati

Job search and matching December 07, 2020

Pathways to Work Clearinghouse Curates Evidence on Services Supporting Job-Seekers with Low Incomes

This tool helps policymakers search for evidence on the effects of combinations of services or interventions that assist job-seekers.

Daniel Kuehn

Stakeholder voices November 06, 2020

A Q&A with Blair Milo

Indiana’s Secretary of Career Connections and Talent discusses her role connecting residents to job opportunities, food and rental assistance, and other resources during the current economic crisis.

Elisabeth Jacobs