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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