James Heckman


"The Economics of Human Development: A Conversation with James Heckman"

Henry Schultz Distinguished Service Professor of Economics; Founding Director, Center for the Economics of Human Development, University of Chicago; Recipient of the 2000 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences

Monday, April 27, 2015  •  3:30-5:00 p.m.

McCormick Foundation Auditorium, Allen Center
2169 Campus Drive, Evanston Campus

James Heckman

James J. Heckman is the Henry Schultz Distinguished Service Professor of Economics at the University of Chicago, a winner of the Nobel Memorial Prize 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 proved that the quality of early childhood development heavily influences health, economic, and social outcomes for individuals and society at large. 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. In addition to his professorship, he is founding director of the Center for the Economics of Human Development at the University of Chicago and is a senior research fellow at the American Bar Foundation. The recipient of numerous awards and honors, Heckman is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. 

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