News and Announcements

  • James Heckman and J.B. Pritzker on Combining Quality Child Care with Preschool
    In an op-ed for The Hill, Prof. James Heckman and J.B. Pritzker write about the importance of combining early childhood education with greater access to preschool in order to promote social mobility across generations. Heckman and Pritzker urge the new administration to make child care more affordable by subsidizing quality early childhood education from birth to age three and then expanding access to quality preschool starting at age four.
  • Heckman Presents Findings at The Aspen Forum on Children and Families in Washington, D.C.
    James Heckman recently presented research on early childhood programs at The Aspen Forum on Children and Families in Washington, D.C. Professor Heckman shared findings on ABC/CARE, which were published last month as a working paper, “The Life-cycle Benefits of an Influential Early Childhood Program.”
  • Heckman Discusses Early Childhood Education at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland
    On January 17th, 2017 at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Professor Heckman discussed his latest research on a panel introduced by Shakira titled “Human Development is Economic Development: Early Childhood Programs and Skill Development”.
  • James Heckman on the Relationship Between Intelligence and Success
    The relationship between intelligence and success is the subject of a recent working paper by HCEO Co-director James Heckman, IP network member Bart Golsteyn, MIP network member John Eric Humphries, and Lex Borghans. Professor Heckman told Bloomberg View that IQ is not a major determinant in a child’s future success. Only about 1 or 2 percent of income differences can be tied to IQ, the article notes.
  • Early Childhood Programs can Yield Up to 13% Returns
    Results from a new working paper by HCEO Co-director James Heckman and co-authors show that high-quality early childhood program can yield up to a 13 percent return.  “The Life-cycle Benefits of an Influential Early Childhood Program” details the costs and benefits of a long-term study of The Carolina Abecedarian Project (ABC) and the Carolina Approach to Responsive Education (CARE). 

Events and Workshops

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.

Visitors

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.