- Professor James J. Heckman recently spoke to the Financial Times regarding his findings on early childhood development. He told FT that evidence shows that many early childhood programs “are not as powerful as some people had hoped.”
- How do skills affect outcomes? How can we foster skills most efficiently? Learn the answers to these questions and more as the Center’s director James J. Heckman is interviewed by Alexandra Scaggs of the Financial Times.
- CEHD Associate Director Steven N. Durlauf has been named the Steans Family Professor in Educational Policy at the University of Chicago’s Harris School of Public Policy.
- The Human Capital and Economic Opportunity Global Working Group is hosting a conference on the Gut Microbiome in Human Biology and Health organized by Katherine Amato and Christopher Kuzawa.
- Center director James J. Heckman gave a keynote address on intergenerational issues at the INET Reawakening Conference, held October 21-23 in Edinburgh, Scotland.
The data provide clear guidelines for action. American policy should acknowledge the power of the accident of birth. A child does not choose the family he or she is born into. But society can enrich the opportunities of disadvantaged children to flourish.
– James J. Heckman
Measuring and Assessing Skills: Real-Time Measurement of Cognition, Personality, and Behavior
This conference brings together a group of leading scholars developing the next generation of measurements of cognition, personality, and behavior. This body of scholarship has multiple goals, all of which will be addressed. Learn more
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
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
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.
University of Cyprus
Visiting dates: February 15, 2018 – July, 2019
Andros Kourtellos is an Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Cyprus. His primary research interests are econometrics, inequality, social mobility, economic growth, and macroeconomics. His work has documented the existence of status traps in intergenerational mobility, which can reduce the impact of favorable shocks or interventions for disadvantaged children and so hinder upward mobility. Recently, he also developed estimation and inference for a structural threshold regression model, which is particularly useful for the estimation of multiple equilibria and poverty traps. In general, his work focuses on issues of model uncertainly, parameter heterogeneity, nonlinearities, and mixed frequencies. His findings highlight the difficulty in evaluating causal claims when theory provides insufficient guidance for econometric specification, as is typically the case in empirical economic growth.
University of Essex
Visiting dates: February 7 – 22, 2018
Marco Francesconi joined the University of Essex in September 2004. His main area of research is labour economics, with special interest in family economics, intergenerational links and labour market dynamics. Francesconi's recent work has appeared in the Economic Journal, Journal of Labor Economics, Journal of the Royal Statistical Society, European Economic Review and Journal of Human Resources.
University of São Paulo Medical School
Visiting dates: February 4 – 8, 2018
Alexandra Brentani has been a faculty member in the Department of Pediatrics of FMUSP since 2011, working on social and preventive medicine and primary care. Since 2007 she has been involved with the Western Region Project – the Medical school primary care platform. As the Executive Director from 2007-2011, and later as a council member, she participated in the planning, implementation and management of the platform using community-based health care as a model. In the Department of Pediatrics, she has worked with the assessment of health programs and health policies on child development. In 2011, she established a cooperation agreement with the "Harvard Center on the Developing Child" and since then, in cooperation with Professor Gunther Fink, a professor at the Harvard School of Public Health, she has conducted several research projects.
Visiting dates: January 16 – July 1, 2018
Victor Ronda is an Assistant Professor of Economics at Aarhus University and a researcher at the TrygFonden’s Centre for Child Research. Victor has broad interests in labor economics, health economics and child development. His current research includes work on the interplay between genetic endowments and childhood environment in human capital formation, the role of teachers in the development of children’s cognitive and emotional skills, and on the mixed-returns of emotional skills in determining later-life outcomes.
University of Sydney
Visiting dates: October 30 - November 24 2017
Stefanie Schurer is an Associate Professor (with tenure) in the School of Economics at the University of Sydney. Her research interest is in the Economics of Human Development. Most of her current projects explore the evolution of skills, preferences, and health over the lifecourse and the role that parents and the public sector play in determining these skills. One of her main work hypotheses is that inequality in the home environment - that is scarcity of good parenting - is a powerful determinant of the intergenerational persistence of disadvantage.