Institute for Economic and Social Research

Chair of the Advisory Board

James J. Heckman

  • James J. Heckman is a 2000 Nobel Laureate in Economics and the Henry Schultz Distinguished Service Professor of Economics at the University of Chicago. He is Director of the Center for the Economics of Human Development (CEHD) and Co-Director of Human Capital and Economic Opportunity Global Working Group (HCEO) at the University of Chicago. Professor Heckman has worked closely with IESR since its launch in late 2015 and now serves as the Chair of IESR Advisory Board.

IESR and James J. Heckman


Professor Heckman receives the Chinese Government Friendship Award, the country’s highest honor granted to foreign experts in recognition of their contribution to China’s social and economic development.

read more

Professor Heckman delivers the keynote lecture “A Dynamic Model of Health, Addiction, Education, and Wealth” at the 2019 China Meeting of the Econometric Society held by IESR.

read more

Professor Heckman attends the Chicago–Jinan Joint Initiative Workshop 2018 and gives a public lecture “China’s Investment in Skills” at Jinan University.

read more

IESR and CEHD formally co-launch the Chicago–Jinan Joint Initiative on the Study of Human Development which serves as a research home for our students and faculty, as well as for visiting scholars from a range of guest institutions.

read more

IESR and CEHD co-host the Asian Family in Transition Conference on Migration and Professor Heckman is appointed Chair of the IESR Advisory Board.

read more

IESR and CEHD co-launch the Longitudinal Study of Children’s Development in Mianzhu, to explore how to measure the traits, skills, and preferences that determine important life outcomes for children. The project is also crucial for understanding how parental absence affects the cognitive and non-cognitive development of left-behind children.

read more

IESR and HCEO co-organize the first Guangzhou Summer School on Socioeconomic Inequality, which continues as a collaborative summer event to this day.

read more

Professor Heckman visits IESR for the first time and sets the foundation for IESR’s future cooperation with the University of Chicago.

read more
Copyright © 2019 Institute for Economic and Social Research ICP record No.: Yue ICP Bei No. 12087612