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James Heckman

James Heckman

International Research Fellow

Education

PhD Economics, Princeton University, 1971 
MA Economics, Princeton University, 1968
BA Mathematics, Colorado College, 1965 

James is the Henry Schultz Distinguished Service Professor of Economics at the University of Chicago.

He has devoted his professional life to understanding the origins of major social and economic problems related to inequality, social mobility, discrimination, skill formation and regulation, and to devising and evaluating alternative strategies for addressing those problems.

Journal articles

Journal article
James places Tinbergen’s work in context and discusses Tinbergen’s approach to using supply and demand to interpret the pricing of skills – a fundamental conceptual achievement. He shows how his work is related to the modern literature on hedonics and how it was and still is used to ...
Journal article | The Economic Journal
This article examines the long-term impacts on health and healthy behaviour of two of the oldest and most widely cited US early childhood interventions evaluated by the method of randomisation with long-term follow-up.

Working papers

Working Paper
This paper examines the long-term impacts on health and healthy behaviors of two of the oldest and most widely cited U.S. early childhood interventions evaluated by the method of randomization with long-term follow-up.
Cemmap Working Paper CWP30/14
This paper develops and applies a Bayesian approach to Exploratory Factor Analysis that improves on ad hoc classical approaches.

Presentations

Presentation
This powerful impact of birth on life chances is bad for individuals born into disadvantage. And it is bad for American society. We are losing out on the potential contributions of large numbers of our citizens.
Presentation
This paper discusses the benefits of investment in skills in China.