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”.