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 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.
Heckman has published over 200 articles and several books. His most recent books include:
(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 :
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
A study by Professor Heckman and UC Berkeley economist Paul Gertler et al. examines the impact of a home-based early childhood intervention conducted in Jamaica by researchers at the University of the West Indies. Their findings reinforce the value of high-quality home visiting programs, parent-child interactions, and cognitive and social stimulation for infants and toddlers in reducing inequality and promoting economic growth. Read the research paper as it appeared in the journal Science or download a two-page research summary.
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