News and Announcements
July 27, 2018
The Center for the Economics of Human Development (CEHD) at The University of Chicago and the Universidade de São Paulo (USP) are partnering on a collaborative research initiative focusing on early childhood intervention.
June 25, 2018
The Center for the Economics of Human Development (CEHD) at The University of Chicago and the Institute for Economic and Social Research (IESR) at Jinan University are partnering on collaborative research exploring human flourishing.
January 24, 2018
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.”
January 10, 2018
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.
January 3, 2018
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.
November 8, 2017
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.
November 2, 2017
Center director James J. Heckman gave a keynote address on intergenerational issues at the INET Reawakening Conference, held October 21-23 in Edinburgh, Scotland.
October 4, 2017
CEHD Director James J. Heckman recently gave a lecture on ways to promote economic and social opportunity in Brazil. The event, “The challenges of early childhood: Why investing in children from zero to 6 years will change Brazil,” was organized by Exame and VEJA magazines and supported by the Maria Cecilia Souto Vidigal Foundation, Femsa Foundation, and United Way Brazil.
July 24, 2017
In a new working paper James J. Heckman and co-authors analyze a randomized control trial of the widely-known Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) program that took place in Memphis in 1990. The program provided home visits with nurses to disadvantaged, first-time mothers from pregnancy until two years after birth. NFP aimed to improve the long-term success of disadvantaged children “by promoting healthy maternal behaviors and by fostering parenting skills.” This paper evaluates the impact through age 12.
July 17, 2017
Professor James Heckman shared recent research on investing in early childhood education at the Aspen Ideas Festival in June. Heckman, who spoke on the Aspen, CO panel alongside entrepreneur Jackie Bezos, discussed ideas for applying his research to social policy. “What I want to argue today is that successful programs, successful interventions…promote social mobility,” he said. He noted that a major obstacle for lifting families out of poverty is the diminished social mobility of low-income children. “We need to think about the family and supporting the family.” Professor Heckman provided evidence from his work showing that childcare and child development are integrally related, noting that low quality childcare can have harmful effects. You can listen to the panel, titled “The ROI That Matters: Investing in Kids and Families to Build a New Economy” below. Play “The ROI That Matters: Investing in Kids and Families to Build a New Economy”