A National Bureau of Economic Research working paper written by Professor Heckman and Tim Kautz on interventions that improve character and cognitive skills.
Lacking Character, American Education Fails the Test View Summary
In this three-page brief, Professor Heckman argues that what we value and measure in American education doesn’t measure up to the true drivers of human and social success. Character skills often matter more than cognitive skills and calls for educating the whole child, from early learning through young adulthood. For decades, there has been a…
Research Summary: Perry Preschool and Character Skill Development View Summary
This two-page research summary provides proof that social and emotional development in early childhood development drives better education, health, social and economic outcomes. Heckman highlights the influence that character skills have on school, career and life success, and provides guidance for how advocates and policymakers can use the research to promote effective social and economic change.…
Intergenerational Long Term Effects of Preschool: Structural Estimates from a Discrete Dynamic Programming Model View Academic Paper
From the National Bureau of Economic Research working paper series, written by Professor Heckman and Professor Lakshmi Raut, published in May 2013.
Invest in Early Childhood Development: Reduce Deficits, Strengthen the Economy View Summary
In this two-page summary document, Professor Heckman argues that the best way to reduce deficits is to invest in quality early childhood development for disadvantaged children. It creates better education, health, social and economic outcomes that increase revenue and reduce the need for costly social spending. “The highest rate of return in early childhood development…