Peter Cappelli

Peter Cappelli is the George W. Taylor Professor of Management at The Wharton School and director of Wharton’s Center for Human Resources. He is also a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research in Cambridge, Mass., served as senior advisor to the Kingdom of Bahrain for employment policy from 2003 to 2005, and since 2007 is a Distinguished Scholar of the Ministry of Manpower for Singapore.

Cappelli was a staff member on the U.S. Secretary of Labor’s Commission on Workforce Quality and Labor Market Efficiency from 1988 to 1990, co-director of the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center on the Educational Quality of the Workforce, and a member of the executive committee of the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center on Post-Secondary Improvement at Stanford University. He was recently named by HR Magazine as one of the top five most influential management thinkers and was elected a fellow of the National Academy of Human Resources.

Professor Cappelli’s recent research examines changes in employment relations in the U.S. and their implications. He has published several books, and his most recent book, Will College Pay Off?, explores the relationship between college degrees and jobs, identifying the factors that determine whether investments in college degrees will lead to good jobs. Related work on managing retention, electronic recruiting, and changing career paths appears in the Harvard Business Review.

Cappelli has degrees in industrial relations from Cornell University and in labor economics from Oxford, where he was a Fulbright Scholar. He has been a guest scholar at the Brookings Institution, a German Marshall Fund Fellow and a faculty member at MIT, the University of Illinois and the University of California at Berkeley.