The Heckman Equation

Anyone looking for upstream solutions to the biggest problems facing America should look to Nobel Prize winning University of Chicago Economics Professor James Heckman's work to understand the great gains to be had by investing in the early and equal development of human potential.

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Invest

Invest in educational and developmental resources for disadvantaged families to provide equal access to successful early human development.

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Develop

Nurture early development of cognitive and social skills in children from birth to age five.  

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Sustain

Sustain early development with effective education through to adulthood.

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Gain

Gain a more capable, productive and valuable workforce that pays dividends to America for generations to come.  

 

 

Our Funders

The Heckman Equation project is made possible with support from the Pritzker Children's Initiative.

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Watch the video to learn more about the economics of human potential.
 

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WATER COOLER CONFERENCE PRESENTATION

On March 23, Professor Heckman gave the keynote address at the Early Learning Water Cooler Conference in Sacramento. He spoke about refocusing public policy on cost-efficient, evidence-based investments in young children and families to reap sizable social and economic benefits, promote growth and opportunity, reduce inequality and disadvantage, and boost global competitiveness. You can view the slides from his presentation here.