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James Heckman

International Research Fellow
Education

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

Biography

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.

Selected publications

  

All available outputs

The effects of two influential early childhood interventions on health and healthy behaviour, October 2016, (with Gabriella Conti , Rodrigo Pinto), The Economic Journal, Vol. 126, No. Feature, pp. F28–F65, Wiley, Journal Article
Early health shocks, intra-household resource allocation and child outcomes, November 2015, (with Gabriella Conti , Junjian Yi , Junsen Zhang), The Economic Journal, Vol. 125, No. Feature issue, pp. F347–F371, Wiley, Journal Article
The effects of two influential early childhood interventions on health and healthy behaviours, August 2015, (with Gabriella Conti , Rodrigo Pinto), Working Paper, NBER WP 21454, NBER
Bayesian exploratory factor analysis, November 2014, (with Gabriella Conti Sylvia Frühwirth-Schnatter , Rémi Piatek), Journal of Econometrics, Vol. 183, No. 1, pp. 31–57, Elsevier, Journal Article
Previous version:
Gabriella Conti, Sylvia Frühwirth-Schnatter, James Heckman and Rémi Piatek July 2014, Bayesian exploratory factor analysis, cemmap Working Paper , CWP30/14
Bayesian exploratory factor analysis, July 2014, (with Gabriella Conti Sylvia Frühwirth-Schnatter , Rémi Piatek), Working Paper, CWP30/14, Cemmap
Now published:
Gabriella Conti, Sylvia Frühwirth-Schnatter, James Heckman and Rémi Piatek November 2014, Bayesian exploratory factor analysis, Journal Article Journal of Econometrics
Early childhood investments substantially boost adult health, March 2014, (with Frances Campbell Gabriella Conti , Seong Hyeok Moon , Rodrigo Pinto , Elizabeth Pungello , Yi Pan), Science, Vol. 343, No. 6178, pp. 1478-1485, American Association for the Advancement of Science, Journal Article
Estimating marginal returns to education, October 2011, (with Pedro Carneiro , Edward Vytlacil), American Economic Review, Vol. 101, No. 6, pp. 2754--2781, American Economic Association, Journal Article
Previous version:
Pedro Carneiro, James Heckman and Edward Vytlacil October 2010, Estimating marginal returns to education, cemmap Working Paper , CWP29/10
Testing the correlated random coefficient model, October 2010, (with Daniel Schmierer , Sergio Urzua), Journal of Econometrics, Vol. 158, No. 2, pp. 177--203, Elsevier, Journal Article
Previous version:
James Heckman, Daniel Schmierer and Sergio Urzua April 2010, Testing the correlated random coefficient model, cemmap Working Paper , CWP10/10
Estimating marginal returns to education, October 2010, (with Pedro Carneiro , Edward Vytlacil), Working Paper, CWP29/10
Now published:
Pedro Carneiro, James Heckman and Edward Vytlacil October 2011, Estimating marginal returns to education, Journal Article American Economic Review
Nonparametric estimation of nonadditive hedonic models, September 2010, (with Rosa Matzkin , Lars Nesheim), Econometrica, Vol. 78, No. 5, pp. 1569--1591, Econometric Society, Journal Article
Previous version:
James Heckman, Rosa Matzkin and Lars Nesheim March 2005, Nonparametric estimation of nonadditive hedonic models, cemmap Working Paper , CWP03/05
Analyzing social experiments as implemented: evidence from the HighScope Perry Preschool Program, August 2010, (with Seong Hyeok Moon , Rodrigo Pinto , Peter Savelyev , Adam Yavitz), Working Paper, CWP22/10
Now published:
James Heckman, Seong Hyeok Moon , Rodrigo Pinto, Peter Savelyev and Adam Yavitz July 2010, Analyzing social experiments as implemented: A reexamination of the evidence from the HighScope Perry Preschool Program, Journal Article Quantitative Economics
Analyzing social experiments as implemented: A reexamination of the evidence from the HighScope Perry Preschool Program, July 2010, (with Seong Hyeok Moon , Rodrigo Pinto , Peter Savelyev , Adam Yavitz), Quantitative Economics, Vol. 1, No. 1, pp. 1--46, Wiley Online Library, Journal Article
Previous version:
James Heckman, Seong Hyeok Moon , Rodrigo Pinto, Peter Savelyev and Adam Yavitz August 2010, Analyzing social experiments as implemented: evidence from the HighScope Perry Preschool Program, cemmap Working Paper , CWP22/10
Comparing IV with structural models: what simple IV can and cannot identify, May 2010, (with Sergio Urzua), Journal of Econometrics, Vol. 156, No. 1, pp. 27--37, Elsevier, Journal Article
Previous version:
James Heckman and Sergio Urzua April 2010, Comparing IV with structural models: what simple IV can and cannot identify, cemmap Working Paper , CWP08/10
Estimating the technology of cognitive and noncognitive skill formation, May 2010, (with Flavio Cunha , Susanne M. Schennach), Econometrica, Vol. 78, No. 3, pp. 883--931, Wiley Online Library, Journal Article
Previous version:
Flavio Cunha, James Heckman and Susanne M. Schennach April 2010, Estimating the technology of cognitive and noncognitive skill formation, cemmap Working Paper , CWP09/10
Testing the correlated random coefficient model, April 2010, (with Daniel Schmierer , Sergio Urzua), Working Paper, CWP10/10
Now published:
James Heckman, Daniel Schmierer and Sergio Urzua October 2010, Testing the correlated random coefficient model, Journal Article Journal of Econometrics
Estimating the technology of cognitive and noncognitive skill formation, April 2010, (with Flavio Cunha , Susanne M. Schennach), Working Paper, CWP09/10
Now published:
Flavio Cunha, James Heckman and Susanne M. Schennach May 2010, Estimating the technology of cognitive and noncognitive skill formation, Journal Article Econometrica
Comparing IV with structural models: what simple IV can and cannot identify, April 2010, (with Sergio Urzua), Working Paper, CWP08/10
Now published:
Evaluating marginal policy changes and the average effect of treatment for individuals at the margin, forthcoming, (with Pedro Carneiro , Edward Vytlacil), Econometrica, Journal Article
Previous version:
Pedro Carneiro, James Heckman and Edward Vytlacil July 2009, Evaluating marginal policy changes and the average effect of treatment for individuals at the margin, cemmap Working Paper , CWP21/09
Evaluating marginal policy changes and the average effect of treatment for individuals at the margin, January 2010, (with Pedro Carneiro , Edward Vytlacil), Econometrica, Vol. 78, No. 1, pp. 377-394, Journal Article
Evaluating marginal policy changes and the average effect of treatment for individuals at the margin, July 2009, (with Pedro Carneiro , Edward Vytlacil), Working Paper, CWP21/09
Now published:
Pedro Carneiro, James Heckman and Edward Vytlacil April 2010, Evaluating marginal policy changes and the average effect of treatment for individuals at the margin, Journal Article Econometrica
Instrumental variables, local instrumental variables and control functions, September 2008, (with Jean-Pierre Florens , Costas Meghir , Edward Vytlacil), Econometrica, Vol. 76, No. 5, pp. 1191-1206, Econometrica, Journal Article
Identification of treatment effects using control functions in models with continuous, endogenous treatment and heterogeneous effects, September 2008, (with Jean Paul Florens , Costas Meghir , Edward Vytlacil), Econometrica, Vol. 76, No. 5, pp. 1191-1206, Econometric Society, Journal Article
Previous version:
Jean-Pierre Florens, James Heckman, Costas Meghir and Edward Vytlacil July 2002, Instrumental variables, local instrumental variables and control functions, cemmap Working Paper , CWP15/02
Dynamic policy analysis, February 2008, (with Jaap Abbring ), Working Paper, CWP05/08, Springer
New version:
Jaap Abbring and James Heckman January 2008, Dynamic policy analysis, Book Chapters
Econometric causality, February 2008, Working Paper, CWP01/08
Now published:
James Heckman January 2008, Econometric causality, Journal Article International Statistical Review
Econometric causality, January 2008, International Statistical Review, Vol. 76, No. 1, pp. 1-27, Journal Article
Previous version:
James Heckman February 2008, Econometric causality, cemmap Working Paper , CWP01/08
Dynamic policy analysis, January 2008, (with Jaap Abbring ), in The Econometrics of Panel Data: Fundamentals and Recent Developments in Theory and Practice pp. 795-863, Springer Verlag, Book Chapters
Education policy, August 2005, Press Release
Labor market discrimination and racial differences in pre-market factors, April 2005, (with Pedro Carneiro , Dimitriy Masterov), Journal of Law and Economics, Vol. 48, No. 1, pp. 1-40, Journal Article
Nonparametric estimation of nonadditive hedonic models, March 2005, (with Rosa Matzkin , Lars Nesheim), Working Paper, CWP03/05
Now published:
James Heckman, Rosa Matzkin and Lars Nesheim September 2010, Nonparametric estimation of nonadditive hedonic models, Journal Article Econometrica , 94 pp.
Simulation and estimation of hedonic models, January 2005, (with Rosa Matzkin , Lars Nesheim), forthcoming in <I>Frontiers of Applied General Equilibrium Modeling: Essays in HoNour of Herbert Scarf</I>, Book Chapters
Human capital policy, February 2004, (with Pedro Carneiro ), in Inequality in America: what role for human capital policies, J. Heckman and A. Krueger MIT Press, Book Chapters
Identification and estimation of hedonic models, January 2004, (with Ivar Ekeland , Lars Nesheim), Journal of Political Economy, 112 (S1), pp. S60-S109, Journal Article
Identification and estimation of hedonic models, January 2004, (with Ivar Ekeland , Lars Nesheim), Journal of Political Economy, 112 (S1): S60-S109, Journal Article
Previous version:
Ivar Ekeland, James Heckman and Lars Nesheim January 2002, Identification and estimation of hedonic models, cemmap Working Paper , CWP07/02
The evidence on credit constraints in post-secondary schooling, October 2002, (with Pedro Carneiro ), Economic Journal, Vol. 112, No. 482 , Journal Article
Instrumental variables, local instrumental variables and control functions, July 2002, (with Jean-Pierre Florens , Costas Meghir , Edward Vytlacil), Working Paper, CWP15/02
Now published:
Jean Paul Florens, James Heckman, Costas Meghir and Edward Vytlacil September 2008, Identification of treatment effects using control functions in models with continuous, endogenous treatment and heterogeneous effects, Journal Article Econometrica , 40 pp.
Identifying hedonic models, May 2002, (with Ivar Ekeland , Lars Nesheim), American Economic Review, Vol. 92, No. 2, pp. 304-309, American Economic Association, Journal Article
Previous version:
Ivar Ekeland, James Heckman and Lars Nesheim January 2002, Identifying hedonic models, cemmap Working Paper , CWP06/02
Identifying hedonic models, May 2002, (with Ivar Ekeland , Lars Nesheim), American Economic Review, Vol. 92, No. 2, pp. 304-309, Journal Article
Identification and estimation of hedonic models, January 2002, (with Ivar Ekeland , Lars Nesheim), Working Paper, CWP07/02
Now published:
Ivar Ekeland, James Heckman and Lars Nesheim January 2004, Identification and estimation of hedonic models, Journal Article Journal of Political Economy , 65 pp.
Identifying hedonic models, January 2002, (with Ivar Ekeland , Lars Nesheim), Working Paper, CWP06/02
Now published:
Ivar Ekeland, James Heckman and Lars Nesheim May 2002, Identifying hedonic models, Journal Article American Economic Review
Removing the veil of ignorance in assessing the distributional impacts of social policy, January 2001, (with Pedro Carneiro Karsten Hansen ), Swedish Economic Policy Review, Vol. 8, pp. 273-301, Economic Council of Sweden, Journal Article
Human capital formation and general equilibrium treatment effects: a study of tax and tuition policy , March 1999, (with Lance Lockner , Christopher Taber), Fiscal Studies, Vol. 20, No. 1, March 1999, Vol. 20, No. 1, pp. 25-40, Journal Article
Micro data and general equilibrium models, January 1999, (with Martin Browning Hansen, L ), in Handbook of macroeconomics : volume 1A Book Chapters
Matching as an econometric estimator, January 1998, (with Hidehiko Ichimura , Petra Todd), Review of Economic Studies, Vol. 65, pp. 261-294, Journal Article
Characterization of selection bias using experimental data, January 1998, (with Hidehiko Ichimura , Jeffrey Smith , Petra Todd), Econometrica, Vol. 66, pp. 1017-1098, Journal Article
Performance of matching as an econometric estimator: application to the JTPA program, January 1997, (with Hidehiko Ichimura , Petra Todd), Review of Economic Studies, Vol. 64, pp. 605-654, Journal Article

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