James J. Heckman

Director, Center for Social Program Evaluation at University of Chicago- Irving B. Harris School of Public Policy Studies

James J. Heckman

James J. Heckman

Director, Center for Social Program Evaluation at University of Chicago- Irving B. Harris School of Public Policy Studies

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The Econometric Society

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04/19/1944 - Chicago, IL, United States



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University Advisor at Diamondhead Ventures

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Thomas W. Lamont University Professor at Harvard University

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Research Associate at National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.

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Professor of Economics & Fellow at Nuffield College, Oxford

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Dean, Harris School of Public Policy at The University of Chicago

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Research Fellow at The Independent Institute

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Special Limited Partner Technology, Media & Telecommunications at Warburg Pincus LLC

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Director of Research at The Institute for New Economic Thinking, Inc.

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Chair, Program on Imperfect Knowledge Economics at The Institute for New Economic Thinking, Inc.

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Co-Director, Law & Economics Program at University of California Berkeley - Boalt Hall School of Law

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James J. Heckman
Director, Center for Social Program Evaluation at University of Chicago- Irving B. Harris School of Public Policy Studies
Ph.D. in Economics
Class of 1971

Princeton University is a vibrant community of scholarship and learning that stands in the nation's service and in the service of all nations. Chartered in 1746, Princeton is the fourth-oldest college in the United States. Princeton is an independent, coeducational, nondenominational institution that provides undergraduate and graduate instruction in the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences and engineering. As a world-renowned research university, Princeton seeks to achieve the highest levels of distinction in the discovery and transmission of knowledge and understanding. At the same time, Princeton is distinctive among research universities in its commitment to undergraduate teaching. Today, more than 1,100 faculty members instruct approximately 5,000 undergraduate students and 2,500 graduate students. The University's generous financial aid program ensures that talented students from all economic backgrounds can afford a Princeton education.

BA in Mathematics

Colorado College provide a broad liberal arts education to students. The college was founded in May 6, 1874 and it is headquartered in Colorado Springs, CO


The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) formed the Committee on International Security and Arms Control (CISAC) in 1980 as a permanent committee to bring the resources of the Academy to bear on critical problems of international security and arms control. CISAC, in the Policy and Global Affairs Division, draws from the nation’s finest scientific, technical, engineering and medical talent to advise the government, contribute to the work of non-governmental organizations, and inform the public about scientific and technical issues related to international security and arms control. CISAC’s work benefits from a rotating membership of distinguished scientists, policy and military experts. The Committee carries out its mandate through a variety of activities that receive financial support from public and private sponsors.


The American Association for the Advancement of Science provides science related journal, program, and education services. The firm also promotes the responsible use of science in public policy. The company was founded in 1848 and is headquartered in Washington, DC.


The National Academy of Education (NAEd) advances the highest quality education research and its use in policy formation and practice. Founded in 1965, the NAEd consists of U.S. members and foreign associates who are elected on the basis of outstanding scholarship related to education. Since its establishment, NAEd has undertaken research studies that address pressing issues in education and that typically include both NAEd members and other scholars with an expertise in a particular area of inquiry. In addition, members are deeply engaged in NAEd’s professional development fellowship programs focused on the rigorous preparation of the next generation of scholars.

Career History
Henry Schultz Distinguished Service Professor, Social Sciences Division, Economics
1973 - Current

The University of Chicago's Office of Investments (COI) is responsible for managing the University's investment assets, which includes overseeing the endowment to ensure that it benefits both current and future generations of the University of Chicago. COI oversees the broad investment strategy and provides input to the development of the strategic and tactical investment policies of the University & UCMC endowments, pension plans and self-insurance trust assets. Their strategy combines qualitative and quantitative analysis, seeking to achieve superior investment performance on a risk-adjusted basis.COI's approach seeks to evaluate the investment strategy as an integrated part of the operating plans of the University rather than in isolation and focuses the the University's overall success, not investment returns. The endowment is well-diversified across a variety of asset classes, including global stocks and bonds, real estate, natural resources, private equity, absolute return strategies and protection (tail-hedging strategies). Asset class exposure is achieved primarily by selecting and engaging external managers. COI manages the global macro and the overlay portfolio to ensure that the portfolio's overall positioning is compliance with the endowment's investment guidelines.COI's strategies for investing in the public markets include: Absolute Return, Private Debt, Fixed Income and Credit. and Global Equities.COI's real assets team invests globally in real estate and natural resources using outside managers. The real estate portfolio invests globally in value-added and opportunistic strategies using both private partnerships and public vehicles. The natural resources portfolio invests globally in strategies that include, but are not limited to: oil and gas exploration & production; power generation; infrastructure; timber; mining and minerals; and agriculture.

Assistant Professor
Prior - 1973

Columbia University is one of the world's most important centers of research and at the same time a distinctive and distinguished learning environment for undergraduates and graduate students in many scholarly and professional fields. The University recognizes the importance of its location in New York City and seeks to link its research and teaching to the vast resources of a great metropolis. It seeks to attract a diverse and international faculty and student body, to support research and teaching on global issues, and to create academic relationships with many countries and regions. It expects all areas of the university to advance knowledge and learning at the highest level and to convey the products of its efforts to the world.

Professor of Science & Society
2006 - Current

University College Dublin is one of Europe's leading research-intensive universities. At UCD undergraduate education, master's and PhD training, research, innovation and community engagement form a dynamic spectrum of activity. Today UCD is Ireland's largest and most diverse university with over 30,000 students, drawn from approximately 124 countries. It actively promotes university life as a journey of intellectual and personal discovery through its highly innovative and flexible UCD Horizons undergraduate curriculum and is the most popular destination for Irish school-leavers.

Boards & Committees
Member, Advisory Board

The Institute for New Economic Thinking was created to broaden and accelerate the development of new economic thinking that can lead to solutions for the great challenges of the 21st century. The havoc wrought by our recent global financial crisis has vividly demonstrated the deficiencies in our outdated current economic theories, and shown the need for new economic thinking – right now. The Institute is supporting this fundamental shift in economic thinking through research funding, community building, and spreading the word about the need for change. We already are a global community of thousands of new economic thinkers, ranging from Nobel Prize winning economists to teachers and students who have emerged out from the shadows of prevailing economic thought, attracted by the promise of a free and open economic discourse.

Member, National Advisory Board

Collaborative for Children provides child care resource and referral services to companies. It offers child care programs and referral is made available to all families, free of charge. The company was founded in 1987 and is headquartered in Houston, TX.

Member, Board of Advisors

The Independent Institute is a non-profit public-policy research and educational organization which shapes ideas through publications, conferences, and multi-media programs. It offers course adoption program, working papers, research articles, audio and visual programs, and student internships and seminars. The organization was founded by David J. Theroux in 1986 and is headquartered in Oakland, CA.

Awards & Honors
Nobel Prize in Economics
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