International Fellows

James Heckman

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

Randomization and Social Policy Evaluation Revisited

This paper examines the case for randomized controlled trials in economics. I revisit my previous paper […]

James Heckman
10 February 2020 | CWP7/20
Bayesian exploratory factor analysis

This paper develops and applies a Bayesian approach to Exploratory Factor Analysis that improves on ad […]

Rémi Piatek, James Heckman, Sylvia Frühwirth-Schnatter, Gabriella Conti
3 November 2014 | Journal Article

Previous version

Bayesian exploratory factor analysis
Sylvia Frühwirth-Schnatter, Rémi Piatek, James Heckman, Gabriella Conti
14 July 2014 | CWP30/14
Bayesian exploratory factor analysis

This paper develops and applies a Bayesian approach to Exploratory Factor Analysis that improves on ad […]

Sylvia Frühwirth-Schnatter, Rémi Piatek, James Heckman, Gabriella Conti
14 July 2014 | CWP30/14

Latest version

Bayesian exploratory factor analysis
Rémi Piatek, James Heckman, Sylvia Frühwirth-Schnatter, Gabriella Conti
3 November 2014 | Journal Article
Estimating marginal returns to education

This paper estimates marginal returns to college for individuals induced to enroll in college by different […]

Edward Vytlacil, James Heckman, Pedro Carneiro
30 October 2011 | Journal Article

Previous version

Estimating marginal returns to education
Edward Vytlacil, James Heckman, Pedro Carneiro
11 October 2010 | CWP29/10
Testing the correlated random coefficient model

The recent literature on instrumental variables (IV) features models in which agents sort into treatment status […]

Sergio Urzua, Daniel Schmierer, James Heckman
31 October 2010 | Journal Article

Previous version

Testing the correlated random coefficient model
Sergio Urzua, Daniel Schmierer, James Heckman
26 April 2010 | CWP10/10
Estimating marginal returns to education

This paper estimates the marginal returns to college for individuals induced to enroll in college by […]

Edward Vytlacil, James Heckman, Pedro Carneiro
11 October 2010 | CWP29/10

Latest version

Estimating marginal returns to education
Edward Vytlacil, James Heckman, Pedro Carneiro
30 October 2011 | Journal Article
Nonparametric estimation of nonadditive hedonic models

We analyze equilibria in hedonic economies and study conditions that lead to identification of structural preference […]

Rosa Matzkin, Lars Nesheim, James Heckman
30 September 2010 | Journal Article

Previous version

Nonparametric estimation of nonadditive hedonic models
Lars Nesheim, Rosa Matzkin, James Heckman
1 March 2005 | CWP03/05
Analyzing social experiments as implemented: evidence from the HighScope Perry Preschool Program

Social experiments are powerful sources of information about the effectiveness of interventions. In practice, initial randomization […]

Seong Hyeok Moon, Adam Yavitz, Peter Savelyev, Rodrigo Pinto, James Heckman
2 August 2010 | CWP22/10

Latest version

Analyzing social experiments as implemented: A reexamination of the evidence from the HighScope Perry Preschool Program
Adam Yavitz, Peter Savelyev, Rodrigo Pinto, Seong Hyeok Moon, James Heckman
31 July 2010 | Journal Article
Analyzing social experiments as implemented: A reexamination of the evidence from the HighScope Perry Preschool Program

Social experiments are powerful sources of information about the effectiveness of interventions. In practice, initial randomization […]

Adam Yavitz, Peter Savelyev, Rodrigo Pinto, Seong Hyeok Moon, James Heckman
31 July 2010 | Journal Article

Previous version

Analyzing social experiments as implemented: evidence from the HighScope Perry Preschool Program
Seong Hyeok Moon, Adam Yavitz, Peter Savelyev, Rodrigo Pinto, James Heckman
2 August 2010 | CWP22/10
Comparing IV with structural models: what simple IV can and cannot identify

This paper compares the economic questions addressed by instrumental variables estimators with those addressed by structural […]

Sergio Urzua, James Heckman
31 May 2010 | Journal Article

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Comparing IV with structural models: what simple IV can and cannot identify
Sergio Urzua, James Heckman
24 April 2010 | CWP08/10