Professor of Economics and Director of the Center for the Economics of Human Development at the University of Chicago
James J. Heckman is Henry Schultz Distinguished Service Professor of Economics in the Department of Economics at the University of Chicago. In 2000, Heckman shared the Nobel Prize in Economics for his work on the microeconometrics of diversity and heterogeneity and for establishing a causal basis for public policy evaluation. He has received numerous other awards for his work, including the John Bates Clark Medal in 1983, the Jacob Mincer Award for Lifetime Achievement in 2005, the 2005 and 2007 Dennis Aigner Award, the Ulysses Medal from the University College Dublin in 2006, the 2007 Theodore W. Schultz Award, the Gold Medal of the President of the Italian Republic in 2008, the Distinguished Contributions to Public Policy for Children Award in 2009, and the Frisch Medal in 2014. He is actively engaged in conducting and guiding empirical and theoretical research on skill development, inequality, and social mobility.