News and Announcements

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.        
January 28, 2020

CEHD Year in Review 2019

In 2019, the Center for the Economics of Human Developed continued to foster a comprehensive research program devoted to understanding human flourishing. We are pleased to share a snapshot of the work we did over the previous year.
October 29, 2019

CEHD is Hiring Post-Doctoral Scholars (2019)

The Center for the Economics of Human Development (CEHD) at the University of Chicago is actively seeking Post-Doctoral Scholars interested in the economics of creating and measuring skills. Scholars are expected to conduct empirical collaborative work on one (or more) focused projects. Descriptions for past and ongoing projects can be found on the Center’s website. Scholars can propose new independent research projects consistent with the Center’s broad aims.
October 16, 2019

CEHD Announces University of Chicago Policy Forum on Pension Crisis

The Macro Finance Research Program (MFR), Center for the Economics of Human Development (CEHD) will host the second installment of the University of Chicago Policy Forum on November 8, 2019. This second forum will focus on the topic of, “The Pension Crisis: State and Local Pension Challenges.”
October 1, 2019

Professor James J. Heckman Receives Prestigious Friendship Award

Nobel Laureate James J. Heckman, the Henry Schultz Distinguished Service Professor in Economics at the University of Chicago, has received the Friendship Award from the Chinese government. Established in 1991, the Friendship Award is the highest honor issued by the Chinese government to foreign experts. Awardees are chosen for their outstanding contributions to China’s economic and social progress. The award is not only presented in recognition of the foreign expert’s contribution to the Chinese but also a symbol of friendship.
July 10, 2019

Two CEHD Scholars Move On to Pursue Doctorates at Top-Tier Institutions

Two of the Center’s predoctoral scholars, 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.
May 14, 2019

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.