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.



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



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



Sustain early development with effective education through to adulthood.



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



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


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Lessons from Sesame Street

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.