James J. Heckman is the Henry Schultz Distinguished Service Professor of Economics at the University of Chicago, a Nobel Memorial Prize winner in economics and an expert in the economics of human development. Through the university's Center for the Economics of Human Development, he has conducted groundbreaking work with a consortium of economists, developmental psychologists, sociologists, statisticians and neuroscientists showing that quality early childhood development heavily influences health, economic and social outcomes for individuals and society at large. Heckman has shown that there are great economic gains to be had by investing in early childhood development.
Professor Heckman has published over 300 articles and several books. His most recent books include the following:
(with Alan Krueger)
(with Carmen Pages)
(with John Eric Humphries and Tim Kautz)
The Heckman Equation project is made possible with support from the Pritzker Children's Initiative.
Heckman has received numerous awards for his work, including the following:
Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences (with Daniel McFadden)
Dennis Aigner Award for Applied Econometrics from the Journal of Econometrics
Theodore W. Schultz Award from the American Agricultural Economics Association
Jacob Mincer Award for Lifetime Achievement in Labor Economics Ulysses Medal from the University College Dublin
John Bates Clark Award of the American Economic Association
Professor Heckman reacts to the recent study by Kearney and Levine that examines the correlation between Sesame Street and short-term educational outcomes for young children. While high-quality educational programming, like Sesame Street, can complement more comprehensive early childhood interventions that target early learning, nutrition and health, some have been overstating the findings. Read the post on the Heckman Equation blog.
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