James Heckman
Henry Schultz Distinguished Service Professor of Economics


  • Business of education
  • Early childhood and preschool

James J. Heckman is professor of economics at the University of Chicago, where he has served since 1973. In 2000, he shared the Nobel Prize in Economics with Daniel McFadden. He runs the Center for the Economics of Human Development, conducting groundbreaking work with a consortium of economists, developmental psychologists, sociologists, statisticians and neuroscientists showing that quality early childhood development heavily influences health, economic and social outcomes for individuals and society at large. He also directs the Economics Research Center and the Center for Social Program Evaluation at the Harris School of Public Policy. He is a professor of law at the University of Chicago School of Law. He is also currently the editor of the Journal of Labor Economics. Heckman received his bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Colorado College in 1965 and a doctorate in economics from Princeton University in 1971.