The Heckman Equation

Anyone looking for upstream solutions to the biggest problems facing America should look to Nobel Prize winning University of Chicago Economics Professor James Heckman's work to understand the great gains to be had by investing in the early and equal development of human potential.



Invest in educational and developmental resources for disadvantaged families to provide equal access to successful early human development.



Nurture early development of cognitive and social skills in children from birth to age five.  



Sustain early development with effective education through to adulthood.



Gain a more capable, productive and valuable workforce that pays dividends to America for generations to come.  



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The Heckman Equation project is made possible with support from the Pritzker Children's Initiative.


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New Study Shows Intervention Boosted Earnings by 25%

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.