News and Announcements

  • Three CEHD Scholars Move On to Pursue Doctorates at Top-Tier Institutions
    Three of the Center’s predoctoral scholars, Ganesh Karapakula, Sidharth Moktan, and Tanya Rajan, have completed their research terms at the Center for the Economics of Human Development (CEHD). After three years of service, they are moving on to doctoral programs at first-rate institutions in the United States and abroad.
  • New CEHD Research Shows Intergenerational Benefits from High-Quality ECE
    New research from CEHD Director James J. Heckman and CEHD Predoctoral Fellow Ganesh Karapakula finds that targeted, high-quality early childhood investments have the power to lift multiple generations out of poverty.
  • Professor Heckman Receives Award from the University of Chicago-Chapin Hall Joint Research Fund
    CEHD Director James J. Heckman and Dr. Fred Wulczyn, Senior Research Fellow, Chapin Hall, have received a University of Chicago-Chapin Hall Joint Research Fund award for their project studying parental absence in China.
  • Visiting Graduate Student Spotlight: Jiawei Lyu
    Jiawei Lyu is a master’s student in Economics at Jinan University. As part of The Chicago-Jinan Initiative, a collaboration between CEHD and Jinan University’s Institute for Economic and Social Research, she was the inaugural visiting graduate student at the center in the fall of 2018. During her time at CEHD, she worked on the Mianzhu project, a collaboration with Jinan University on the topic of China’s left-behind children. Her current research interests include labor market discrimination, gender differences and left-behind children in China.
  • CEHD Director James J. Heckman’s research featured in Quartz
    CEHD Director James Heckman has “demonstrated the economic case for why the best investment a policymaker can make is in the earliest years of childhood,” writes Quartz.            

Events and Workshops

August 9-10, 2019

Conference on Statistics, Theory, and Data: an Econometrics Conference in Honor of James Heckman

The Conference on Statistics, Theory, and Data: an Econometrics Conference in Honor of James Heckman is being hosted at the Becker Friedman Institute and organized by Professors Steven Durlauf (University of Chicago) and Ed Vytlacil (Yale University) on August 9th and 10th and the University of Chicago.

This conference is by invitation only. For information, visit the conference website, or email: coordinator.hceo@gmail.com

May 24, 2019
4:00pm
Saieh Hall 112

Actors in the Child Development Process

Ewout Verriest, New York University

Ewout Verriest is a Ph.D. candidate at the Department of Economics at New York University. This summer, he will be joining Penn State University as an assistant professor. His research interests lie in applied microeconomics, applied econometrics and labor economics, with a focus on household decision-making and child development. Learn More Here

April 25, 2019
4:30-6:00pm

University of Chicago Policy Forum: Assessing the Contributions of Behavioral Economics to Economic Science:

Chicago Economics has historically fostered intense discussions for the design and implementation of economic policy and the role of theory in guiding interpretation of evidence. Both are distinctive to the Chicago approach to economics. The forum will nurture the rich vitality of the Chicago tradition by engaging elite scholars on and off campus and will raise the level of discussion of economic policy based on credible statements of existing knowledge. Learn more.

Current Visitors

Visiting dates: August 26, 2019 - February 2, 2020

Bei Liu is an Associate Research Fellow and Program Officer at the China Development Research Foundation (CDRF), a policy research and advocacy organization founded by the Development Research Center of the State Council. She holds a PhD in Sociology from the Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Liu joined CDRF in 2007. She participated in research on Chinese government performance appraisal, grassroots governance in rural China and CDRF policy briefings on Chinese and global economy and social development. Starting from 2009, her professional experiences are focused on the implementation and evaluation of CDRF’s pilot program of early childhood development in poor rural areas. Dr. Liu’s work has been published in policy research reports of the Development Research Center of the State Council, and China Development Report 2011/2012.

Visiting dates: April 1 – May 31, 2019

Victor Ronda is an assistant professor at the Department of Economics and Business Economics at Aarhus University. He received his Ph.D. in Economics from Johns Hopkins University in 2017 and his B.A. in Economics and Mathematics from New York University in 2011. His primary research interests are in labor economics, health economics, child development, and structural micro. He is interested in all aspects of human capital formation. In his work, He aims to understand the role of parental investments, schooling resources and genetic endowments in the development of children's skills and behaviors.