The First Yukichi Fukuzawa Memorial Lecture in Economics: Professor James Heckman on “The Economics of Human Development”, 7 October, 2014
The Faculty of Economics and Institute for Economic Studies at Keio University have invited Professor James J. Heckman, the winner of the 2000 Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences, to give the first Yukichi Fukuzawa Memorial Lecture in Economics.
Heckman has devoted his professional life to understanding the origins of major social and economic problems related to inequality, social mobility, discrimination, skill formation and regulation, and to devising and evaluating alternative strategies for addressing those problems. His research recognizes the diversity among people in skills, family origins, peers, and preferences as well as the diversity of institutions and regulations and the consequences of this diversity for analyzing and addressing social and economic problems. This activity entails conducting extensive empirical studies on a range of questions guided by economic and social theory. It also entails developing new economic and statistical tools to frame questions, to analyze them, and to guide the formulation and implementation of sound economic and social policies.
Heckman’s work is rooted in economics. He collaborates across disciplines to get to the heart of major problems. His recent interdisciplinary research on human development and skill formation over the life cycle draws on economics, psychology, genetics, epidemiology, and neuroscience to examine the origins of inequality, the determinants of social mobility, and the links among stages of the life cycle, starting in the womb.
Date and time: 7 October, 2014, 16:30-18:00 (Reception starts at 15:30)
Venue: Conference Hall, North Building, Mita Campus, Keio University
Speaker: James J. Heckman
Henry Schultz Distinguished Service Professor, Department of Economics,
University of Chicago (Winner of 2000 Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences)
Lecture title: The Economics of Human Development
Chair: Hideo Akabayashi (Professor, Faculty of Economics, Keio University)
Hosted by the Faculty of Economics and Institute for Economic Studies, Keio University
* All graduate students and researchers are welcome to this lecture while it is mainly for students and researchers at Keio University, who are supposed to have advanced level of undergraduate Economics knowledge.
* No fee required.
Please see the following link for more details: