This concise, accessible volume defines the concept of human capital for a nonspecialist audience. The book convincingly demonstrates that investment in education and healthcare has real, measurable payoffs for both individuals and societies. Brian Keeley looks at some of the key issues in education and lifelong learning today and analyzes their importance in terms of major social and economic trends. The author explores what can be done to even out inequalities in education and to ensure that everyone at every stage of their lives is able to pursue the learning that would benefit them most. Based on research and analysis from the OECD’s 30 member countries, Human Capital is supported with reliable statistics, charts, and graphs. It is an ideal supplement for introductory courses in education, economics, and public policy.