The Department of Economics

The Grunberg Lecture Series

The Fifthteenth Lecture - Tuesday, November 12, 2002

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Professor James J. Heckman
Henry Schultz Distinguished Service
Professor of Economics, University of Chicago
2000 Nobel Prize in Economics

"Fostering Skills and Abilities for the Modern Economy"

Professor Heckman received the Nobel Prize for developing theory and methods in the statistical analysis of individual and household behavior that are now widely used within economics and other social sciences. He is one of the foremost researchers into the impacts of social programs on the economy and society at large. His work has given policy makers important new insights into such areas as education, job training programs, minimum-wage legislation, anti-discrimination and civil rights laws. Professor Heckman has investigated controversial issues like the role of cognitive ability on economic earnings and the impact of interventions over the life cycle on skill formation and wages.

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