News and Announcements

  • 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.            
  • CEHD is Hiring Predoctoral Fellows
    The Center for the Economics of Human Development (CEHD) at the University of Chicago is actively hiring Predoctoral Fellows (Research Specialist 2) to conduct and disseminate rigorous interdisciplinary research that identifies and explores the conditions under which people develop the skills necessary to thrive in society and achieve their fullest potential. Descriptions for past and ongoing projects can be found on the Center’s website. 

Events and Workshops

May 17, 2019
4:00pm
Saieh Hall 112

The Marginal Labor Supply Disincentives of Welfare Reforms

Robert Moffitt, Johns Hopkins University

Robert Moffitt is the Krieger-Eisenhower Professor of Economics at Johns Hopkins University. His research interests are in the areas of labor economics and applied microeconometrics, with a special focus on the economics of issues relating to the low-income population in the U.S. 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.

February 19, 2019
5:15pm

Prosociality: Hard to build but easy to destroy

Fabian Kosse, LMU Munich & briq

The workshop takes place at 5:15pm at 5750 S. Woodlawn Avenue, Conference Room 180. Please enter through Saieh Hall. This interdisciplinary workshop is open to the campus research community. Learn more.

Visitors

Visiting dates: May 10 2019

Petra Todd is also a Research Associate of Penn’s Population Studies Center. She serves as an Associate Editor for the American Economic Review and the Journal of Human Capital. Her main fields of research are social program evaluation, labor economics, and microeconometrics. She has published papers on the determinants of cognitive achievement, testing for discrimination in motor vehicle searches, sources of racial wage disparities, and methods for evaluating and optimally designing conditional cash transfer programs. She is currently working on implementing a large-scale randomized school incentive program in Mexican high schools, on analyzing the effects of school vouchers in Chile and on assessing the effects of government regulation on the operation of the privatized pension market in Chile.

Visiting dates: April 11 – 12, 2019

Andrew Shephard received his PhD from University College London in 2010. Before coming to Penn, he was Assistant Professor at Princeton University. His research interests include labor economics, public economics, microeconometrics, and applied microeconomics.

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.

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.