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. His groundbreaking work with a consortium of economists, developmental psychologists, sociologists, statisticians and neuroscientists has shown 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
Nicholas Kristof cites Professor Heckman’s compelling evidence as to why both sides of the political spectrum should be investing in early childhood education. "Investing in early childhood programs is where society gets the most bang for the buck—returns of 7 percent to 10 percent per year." Read more in his column: http://nyti.ms/1uC4prN
Show policymakers that investing in early childhood development is a fiscally responsible way to reduce costs and create economic growth.
Quality early childhood programs have the potential to substantially improve adult health. Find information and resources here.
A new study reveals that a home-based early intervention for disadvantaged children had a significant impact on later-life earnings.