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
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.
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.