News and Announcements

November 4, 2020

CEHD Scholar Spotlight: Grace Ford

Grace Ford is a Predoctoral Fellow at CEHD. In her time at CEHD, she has worked on the Center’s first in-house field experiment, which aims to measure preferences, personality traits, and noncognitive skills to see how these traits are related and how predictive they are of success in school, among other projects. As an undergraduate, her research primarily focused on education and development economics, and her thesis examined the effects of rural electrification on household poverty escape rates in India.
October 13, 2020

Primate Study Featured in Yale Daily News

CEHD Director James Heckman spoke with the Yale Daily News about his recent paper, “Intergenerational Effects of Early-Life Advantage: Lessons from a Primate Study.” The paper, co-authored by Amanda Dettmer, Juan Pantano, Victor Ronda, and Stephen Suomi, uses three decades of studies with Rhesus monkeys to investigate the intergenerational effects of early life advantage.
October 5, 2020

CEHD is Hiring a Senior Research Manager

The Center for the Economics of Human Development (CEHD) at the University of Chicago is actively seeking a Senior Research Manager to support the development and organization of strategic research projects that achieve Center goals of inquiry, academic and policy impact, and fundraising. 
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.