News and Announcements

August 21, 2020

China REACH Research Highlighted in Voxeu Column

In a new Voxeu column, CEHD Director James Heckman, Postdoctoral Fellow Jin Zhou, Dr. Bei Liu, and CDRF Vice Chairman Mai Lu highlight findings from their recent paper, “Treatment Effects and the Measurement of Skills in a Prototypical Home Visiting Program.” The authors note that home visiting programs have been shown to be effective and relatively low cost compared to other early childhood interventions. The column evaluates the impact of the China REACH program, which is based on Jamaica Reach Up and Learn. “Growth profiles reveal that China REACH is on track to reach or exceed the growth profiles of the highly successful Jamaica Reach Up program,” the authors write. Read the full column here.
August 17, 2020

CEHD Scholar Spotlight: Rafeh Qureshi

Rafeh Qureshi, a student in the Economics MAPSS program at the University of Chicago, is a Predoctoral Fellow at CEHD. During his tenure at CEHD, he has worked mainly on a project examining social mobility in Denmark. His background primarily involves labor economics, with an emphasis on post-secondary education.
July 23, 2020

HCEO Announces Online Summer School on Socioeconomic Inequality

We are pleased to announce HCEO’s first-ever virtual Summer School on Socioeconomic Inequality (SSSI). Composed of lectures from across years and countries, this public online course is designed for Ph.D. students. HCEO’s summer school program is aimed at teaching the tools needed to study inequality and to communicate a sense of the research frontier on this topic. We also intend for the virtual SSSI to break down barriers between theoretical, econometric, and empirical work. In it, you will find video lectures from 11 leading scholars and HCEO network members (including HCEO Directors James J. Heckman and Steven N. Durlauf), as well as reading lists related to the lectures.
July 22, 2020

HCEO Announces Winners of 2020 Dissertation Prize

We are pleased to announce the winners of our 2020 dissertation prize: Winnie van Dijk, Roni Pener-Tessler, and Laia Navarro-Sola.
June 23, 2020

Professor Heckman to Present at Two Virtual Conferences

Center Director James Heckman will give online lectures at two virtual events this week.
June 22, 2020

CEHD Scholar Spotlight: Kurtis Gilliat

Kurtis Gilliat is a Predoctoral Fellow at CEHD through July 2020. During his tenure at CEHD, he has worked mainly on analyzing data from the Perry Preschool Program. He also attended HCEO’s first Summer School on Socioeconomic Inequality in Chengdu, China, organized in partnership with Southwestern University of Finance and Economics. Gilliat will be starting the Ph.D. program in Economics at the University of California, San Diego this fall.
June 9, 2020

James J. Heckman to present at the PKU & UofC Joint Lecture Series on June 11/June 12

CEHD Director James J. Heckman will be presenting on Promoting Skills to Promoting Social Mobility at the Peking University and the University of Chicago Joint lecture series on June 11, 9PM CT/June 12 10AM China. Economic growth has been rapid in the past 40 years in China. Poverty has declined at historically unprecedented rates. However, inequality has increased. Not all parts of China have prospered at the same rate. This lecture discusses what skills are important for the modern economy. It considers how to boost skills to reduce inequality and promote social mobility. The benefits of home visiting programs targeted toward the early years are considered and recent findings from the China REACH program are considered. This lecture will feature CEHD Director James J. Heckman from the University of Chicago in conversation with Professor Ha Wei from Peking University. To register, click here, or see the attached flyer.
May 12, 2020

Visiting Scholar Spotlight: Yang Yumei

Yang Yumei is an Assistant Professor at Beijing Forestry University and Research Fellow at IZA. She is a visiting scholar at CEHD through August 2020. Her interests include labor economics and personnel economics, with a focus on the rural-urban migration in China, development of left-behind children, evaluation of labor market programs, and the impact of HRM on labor relations. She obtained her Ph.D. and M.A. in Economics at Renmin University of China, and her B.A. in Management from Shandong University.
April 17, 2020

HCEO Now Accepting Applications for 2020 Dissertation Prize

The Human Capital and Economic Opportunity Global Working Group is now accepting applications for our doctoral dissertation prize. The $1,000 prize will be awarded for the best dissertation on a topic related to one of HCEO’s 6 networks. In addition to the monetary award, the winner will be flown to the University of Chicago to present their work to the Center for the Economics of Human Development, HCEO directors, and University of Chicago faculty.
April 15, 2020

Anne Case and Angus Deaton discuss deaths of despair

Anne Case and Angus Deaton, both Princeton economists, join CEHD Director James Heckman and Associate Director Steven Durlauf in a discussion of their ongoing research into the rise of what they call “deaths of despair.” Case and Deaton also present findings from their new book, Deaths of Despair and the Future of Capitalism. Further Reading Case, Anne, and Angus Deaton. (2020). Deaths of Despair and the Future of Capitalism. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press. Case, Anne, and Angus Deaton. (2015). “Rising morbidity and mortality in midlife among white non-Hispanic Americans in the 21st century.” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 112(49):15078-15083.