The Pritzker Consortium on Early Childhood Development, directed by Professor Heckman, recognized the critically important role that the first five years of life play in determining human potential. The Consortium brought together the world's leading experts to identify when and how child intervention programs can be most influential, and produced a large body of research (see listed below).
The Consortium assembled and rigorously compared data from numerous studies conducted by experts across the globe. It then leveraged the data to provide policymakers, non-profits, and the business community with more comprehensive and accurate research on the value of public investment in early childhood programs. Through this work, the business community is likely to gain new insight into the economic benefit and fiscal responsibility of supporting programs designed to help children five years old and under.
Members & Consultants
- Henry Schultz Distinguished Service Professor of Economics, University of Chicago
- Distinguished Professor of Health Studies at Virginia Tech University and Former Director of the Center for Health and Education at Georgetown University
- Susan H. Mayer Professor for Child and Family Studies at Virginia Tech University and Former Director of the Center for Health and Education at Georgetown University
- Professor Emeritus, Pacific Oaks College, former member of the National Advisory Group, National Association of Family Child Care, original implementer in the Perry Preschool Project
- Past President of the National Black Child Development Institute, original implementer in the Perry Preschool Project
- Heckman, James J. (2012). "An Effective Strategy for Promoting Social Mobility," Boston Review.
- Heckman, James J., John Eric Humphries, Paul A. LaFontaine, and Pedro L. Rodriguez. (2012). "Taking the Easy Way Out: How the GED Testing Program Induces Students to Drop Out," Journal of Labor Economics, forthcoming.
- Almlund, Mathilde, Angela Lee Duckworth, James J. Heckman, and Tim Kautz. (2011). "Personality Psychology and Economics," in Handbook of the Economics of Education, vol. 4. edited by E. Hanushek, S. Machin, and L. Woessman. Chapter 1, pp. 1-181. Amsterdam: Elsevier.
- Heckman, James J. (2011). "Effective Child Development Strategies," in the Pre-K Debates: Current Controversies and Issues, edited by Edward Zigler, Walter S. Gillam, and W. Steven Barnett. Baltimore, MD: Paul H. Brookes Publishing Company.
- Heckman, James J. (2011). "The American Family in Black & White: A Post-Racial Strategy for Improving Skills to Promote Equality," Daedalus, 140(2): 70-89.
- Heckman, James J., John Eric Humphries, and Nicholas Mader. (2011). "The GED," in Handbook of the Economics of Education, vol. 4, edited by E. Hanushek, S. Machin, and L. Woessman. Chapter 9, pp. 424-483. Amsterdam: Elsevier.
- Conti, Gabriella, James J. Heckman, and Sergio Urzua. (2010). "The Education-Health Gradient," American Economic Review: Papers & Proceedings, 100(2): 234-238.
- Cunha, Flavio, and James J. Heckman. (2010). "Investing in Our Young People," NBER Working Paper 16201. In Childhood Programs and Practices in the First Decade of Life, edited by Arthur J. Reynolds, Arthur J. Rolnick, Michelle M. Englund, Judy A. Temple. New York: Cambridge University Press.
- Heckman, James J., Seong Hyeok Moon, Rodrigo Pinto, Peter A. Savelyev, and Adam Q. Yavitz (2010). "Analyzing Social Experiments a Implemented: As Reexamination of the Evidence from the HighScope Perry Preschool Program," Quantitative Economics, 1(1): 1-46.
- Heckman, James J., Seong Hyeok Moon, Rodrigo Pinto, Peter A. Savelyev, and Adam Q. Yavitz (2010). "The Rate of the Return to the HighScope Perry Preschool Program," Journal of Public Economics, 94: 114-128.
- Heckman, James J. (2008). "Schools, Skills and Synapses," Economic Inquiry, 46(3): 289-324.