About Professor Heckman

HeckmanJames 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 proven that the quality of early childhood development heavily influences health, economic and social outcomes for individuals and society at large. Heckman has proven that there are great economic gains to be had by investing in the early  childhood development.

 
James Heckman received his B.A. in mathematics from Colorado College in 1965 and his Ph.D. in economics from Princeton University in 1971. He is currently the Henry Schultz Distinguished Service Professor of Economics at the University of Chicago where he has served since 1973 and where he directs the Economics Research Center and the Center for Social Program Evaluation at the Harris School. He is the Professor of Science and Society at University College Dublin. He is also a Senior Research Fellow at the American Bar Foundation.
 
Heckman's work has been devoted to the development of a scientific basis for economic policy evaluation, with special emphasis on models of individuals and disaggregated groups, and to the problems and possibilities created by heterogeneity, diversity, and unobserved counterfactual states. In the early 1990s, his pioneering research on the outcomes of people who obtain the GED certificate received national attention. His findings, which found great deficiencies in the alleged value of the degree, spurred debates across the country on the merits of obtaining the certificate.
 
His recent research focuses on human development and lifecycle skill formation, with a special emphasis on the economics of early childhood development. His research has given policymakers important new insights into such areas as education, job-training programs, minimum-wage legislation, anti-discrimination law, social supports and civil rights.
 
He is currently Associate Editor of the Journal of Labor Economics. He is also a member of the National Academy of Sciences, and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Econometric Society, the Society of Labor Economics, and the American Statistical Association.

 


Books

Heckman has published over 200 articles and several books. His most recent books include:

Giving Kids a Fair Chance: A Strategy that Works

Inequality in America: What Role for Human Capital Policy?

(with Alan Krueger) 

Law and Employment: Lessons from Latin America and the Caribbean

 

(with Carmen Pages)

 

 

 


Our Funders

The Heckman Equation project is supported by the Irving Harris Foundation, The Children's Initiative: A Project of the J.B. and M.K. Pritzker Family Foundation, the McCormick Foundation, and an anonymous funder.

 

Heckman has received numerous awards for his work including :
 

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2000

Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences (with Daniel McFadden)

 

2007 & 2005

Dennis Aigner Award for Applied Econometrics from the Journal of Econometrics

 

2007

Theodore W. Schultz Award from the American Agricultural Economics Association

 

2005

Jacob Mincer Award for Lifetime Achievement in Labor Economics Ulysses Medal from the University College Dublin.

 

1983

John Bates Clark Award of the American Economic Association

 

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RESEARCH UPDATE: HEALTH OUTCOMES

New research from Professor Heckman and colleagues shows the potential of quality early childhood programs that include health and nutrition to prevent disease and promote adult health. Read the research paper and find related resources here.