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James J. Heckman

AKA James Joseph Heckman

Born: 19-Apr-1944
Birthplace: Chicago, IL

Gender: Male
Religion: Agnostic
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Economist

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Statistical analysis of individual and household behavior

For development of new theories for analyzing the most individual of economic choices -- people's choices or where to live, work, shop, etc. -- James J. Heckman and Daniel L. McFadden shared the Nobel Prize in Economics in 2000. Heckman is also known for devising an improved method for finding and adjusting errors in sampling data, called the Heckman Correction. He has said that he was first awakened to the life of the mind by his high school physics teacher, Frank Oppenheimer.

Father: John Jacob Heckman
Mother: Bernice Irene Medley Heckman
Sister: Jean Ellen Heckman Bates (b. 1940)
Wife: Lynne Pettler (sociologist, m. 1979)
Son: Jonathan Heckman (physicist, b. 1982)
Daughter: Alma Heckman (b. 1986)

    University: BS Mathematics, Colorado College (1965)
    University: University of Chicago (attended)
    University: MA Economics, Princeton University (1968)
    University: PhD Economics, Princeton University (1971)
    Teacher: Economics, Columbia University (1970-74)
    Teacher: Economics, New York University (1972-73)
    Teacher: Economics, University of Chicago (1973-77)
    Professor: Economics, University of Chicago (1977-88)
    Professor: Statistics, Yale University (1988-90)
    Professor: Economics, University of Chicago (1990-2006)
    Professor: Economics, University College Dublin (2006-)

    Guggenheim Fellowship (1978-79)
    John Bates Clark Medal 1983
    Nobel Prize for Economics 2000 (with Daniel L. McFadden)
    American Academy of Arts and Sciences
    American Statistical Association
    Econometric Society
    Employment Policies Institute
    National Academy of Sciences
    National Bureau of Economic Research
    Phi Beta Kappa Society
    RAND Corporation Consultant (1975-76)
    Martin Marietta 1965

Author of books:
Longitudinal Analysis of Labor Market Data (1985)
Inequality in America: What Role for Human Capital Policies? (2003, with Alan B. Krueger)
Law and Employment: Lessons from Latin America and the Caribbean (2004)

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