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James J. Heckman

James J. Heckman, a corecipient of the 2000 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences, is a prominent scholar of the impact of social programs and the methodologies used to measure their effects. Mr. Heckman directs the Economics Research Center and the Center for Social Program Evaluation at the Harris School for Public Policy. In addition, he is the Professor of Science and Society in University College Dublin and a Senior Research Fellow at the American Bar Foundation.

Mr. Heckman is the author of Longitudinal Analysis of Labor Market Data, Law and Employment: Lessons from Latin America and the Caribbean, Inequality in America: What Role for Human Capital Policies?, and numerous articles on labor, education, and civil-rights policies. He has received numerous awards for his work, including the John Bates Clark Medal in 1983, the Jacob Mincer Award for Lifetime Achievement in 2005, and the Ulysses Medal from the University College Dublin in 2006. In 2000, he won the Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel. He is also a member of many academic and professional socieities, including the National Academy of Sciences, the International Statistical Institute, the American Statistical Association, the Society of Labor Economics, the American Philosophical Society, and the National Academy of Education. In addition, he has been the recipient of numerous honorary degrees and professorships.

Mr. Heckman's recent research focuses on human development and lifecycle skill formation, with a special emphasis on the economics of early childhood. He is alos working on the impact of regulation and deregulation in Latin American labor markets.