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HECKMAN, JAMES J. Print E-mail

James J. Heckman's Mug Shot Nobel Laureate in Economic Sciences 2000
Henry Schultz Distinguished Service Professor of Economics, University of Chicago, USA
Director, Economics Research Centre, University of Chicago, USA
Director, Centre for Social Program Evaluation - University of Chicago, USA

co-reason for the prize:

for his development of theory and methods for analyzing selective samples


Main Topics: economics and econometrics of evaluating social programs; impact of taxes on labor supply and human capital accumulation; impact of public and private job training on earnings and employment; impact of unionism on labor markets in developing countries and of skill certification programs.

Professional Profile: James J. Heckman is Henry Schultz Distinguished Service Professor in the Department of Economics and an affiliated faculty member in the Irving B. Harris Graduate School of Public Policy Studies. He directs the Harris School's Centre for Social Program Evaluation.
Much of Heckman's work has focused on the impact of different social programs and the methodologies used to measure those program's effects. He researched areas such as education, job training programs, minimum wage legislation, women's work effects and earnings, anti-discrimination laws and civil rights.
He was researcher for the National Bureau of Economic Research and for the National Opinion Research Centre and professor at Yale University. He was associate editor for many reviews, among which the Journal of Labour Economics, the Econometric Reviews and the Review of Economics and Statistics.
He has served on the National Academy of Science and he is a fellow of the Econometric Society and of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He received several honours, including the John Bates Clark Medal from the American Economic Association and, in 2002 (together with Daniel McFadden), the Nobel Prize for Economical Sciences for "his development of theory and methods for analyzing selective samples".


  • B.A., Colorado College (summa cum laude), 1965
  • M.A., Princeton University, 1968
  • Ph.D., Princeton University, 1971
  • M.A. honoris causa, Yale University, 1989



Selected Works:
  • J. J. Heckman, Incentives in Government Bureaucracies: Can Incentives in Bureaucracies Emulate Market Efficiency?, Brookings, 2004
  • J. J. Heckman, Evaluating Human Capital Policy, The Gorman Lectures, Princeton University Press, 2004
  • J. J. Heckman, Inequality in America: What Role for Human Capital Policy?, with A. Krueger, MIT Press, 2003
  • J. J. Heckman, Law and Employment: Lessons From Latin America and the Caribbean, with C. Pages, University of Chicago Press, 2003