News and Announcements

  • Gender Differences in the Benefits of an Influential Early Childhood Program
    All childcare programs are not alike. New research by Center director James J. Heckman and co-authors provides evidence that low-quality childcare can actually have harmful effects on child development, particularly for boys. “Gender Differences in the Benefits of an Influential Early Childhood Program,” by Professor Heckman, Jorge Luis García, and Anna Ziff, also helps elucidate recent claims about the harm caused by childcare programs.
  • The Center’s Early Childhood Research Featured in the New York Times
    “The Life-cycle Benefits of an Influential Early Childhood Program,” a recent working paper by Center Director James Heckman, Jorge Luis García, and co-authors, was featured this week in a New York Times article on the importance of high-quality early childhood education. The article notes the multi-generational benefits of early childhood investment.
  • HCEO Announces Winner of Dissertation Prize
    The Human Capital and Economic Opportunity Global Working Group is pleased to announce the winner of its first-ever dissertation prize, Eric Chyn. He submitted the dissertation “Moved to Opportunity: The Long-Run Effect of Public Housing Demolition on Labor Market Outcomes of Children.”
  • Research Network Pilot Grant Applications Are Now Open
    We are pleased to announce that the Center’s Research Network On The Determinants Of Life Course Capabilities and Outcomes initiative is now accepting applications for its Pilot Grant Program.
  • James J. Heckman Responds to New Study on Fadeout
    The Center’s director James J. Heckman published a letter in the Washington Post Thursday in response to a new study that claims “that the cognitive gains of early-childhood education programs fade over time.” The study, Heckman writes, “ignores an overwhelming body of recent evidence documenting that so-called fadeout doesn’t exist.”

Events and Workshops

March 3-4 2017

Conference on Measuring and Assessing Skills 2017

This conference assembles leading economists, education experts, psychologists, neuroscientists, and measurement specialists to examine and evaluate alternative approaches to the measurement of skills. Learn more

December 8-9 2016

Conference on Genetics and Social Science

This conference will be the next installment in the conference series of the Research Network on the Determinants of Life Course Capabilities and Outcomes, and will be hosted at The USC Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics. Learn more

December 6 2016

A Proposed Early Childhood Randomized Study in Hong Kong

Richard Wong, University of Hong Kong

This presentation looked at a randomized control study on family-based and internet-based interventions in Hong Kong with background on the rise of single parent families.

November 16 2016

Lifecycle Working Group: Joint Choice of Education and Occupation: The Role of Parental Occupation

Miriam Gensowski, University of Copenhagen

This presentation brought a fresh perspective to inequality in educational attainment, suggesting occupational sorting as an unexplored channel that may depress education outcomes in children from less advantaged families, in addition to established considerations such as school readiness and financing constraints.


Visiting dates: December 6 2016

Richard Wong is founding Director of the Hong Kong Centre for Economic Research (1987-) and the Hong Kong Institute of Economics and Business Strategy (1999-); a recipient of the Sir Antony Fisher International Memorial Award for his work in advancing economic research on policy issues in Hong Kong; and principal investigator of the Area of Excellence Grant in economic policy and business strategy awarded by the University Grants Committee in 1999.

Visiting dates: November 14–22, 2016

Miriam Gensowski is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Economics of the University of Copenhagen, and previous Research Assistant at the Center. Gensowksi's areas of research is at the intersection of labor economics and economics of education, and draws on personality economics and micro-econometric techniques. Her most recent research project studies the role of skills and parents in explaining occupational sorting, education, and wages.

Visiting dates: November 16 – 25, 2016

Remi Piatek is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Economics of the University of Copenhagen, and previously worked as a Postdoctoral Scholar at the Center. His areas of research draws on Bayesian econometrics, factor modeling, mixture modeling, and computational econometrics. He is currently developing nonparametric methods for the inference of factor models that relax the usual normality assumption of the latent factors - widely used in practice, but which can be too restrictive in real data applications.