Recipient of Nobel Memorial Prize for Economic Sciences, 2000, Prof James J. Heckman to speak at Philanthropy for Better Cities Forum 2018 on Early Childhood Development

19/06/2018

Recipient of Nobel Memorial Prize for Economic Sciences, 2000, Prof James J. Heckman to speak at Philanthropy for Better Cities Forum 2018 on Early Childhood Development

19/06/2018

We are excited to announce that James J. Heckman, Director of the Center for the Economics of Human Development at the University of Chicago, will be joining us as a keynote speaker at the Philanthropy for Better Cities Forum in September 2018 to speak on the topic: How should philanthropists focused on helping children shift their efforts to what happens before school? Professor Heckman is Henry Schultz Distinguished Service Professor in Economics and the College at the University, and was awarded the Nobel Memorial Prize for Economic Sciences in 2000.

There is evidence that Early Childhood Development (ECD) programmes tend to deliver a higher return on investment than other child-focused interventions. Beneficiaries experience better long-term health and earn higher salaries. At a society level, ECD has also been shown to reduce the knowledge gap between children from different socio-economic backgrounds. Its proponents say this evidence calls for a radical overhaul of how we support childhood development; countries in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) currently spend five times more on K-12 education than on ECD. Another issue is how best to conduct ECD interventions – in terms of which children to prioritise, how to deliver solutions that involve families/communities, and how to join up with interventions that take place later in childhood.

In his keynote address, Prof Heckman will reflect on this discussion and identify the most important paths towards impact that philanthropists and other stakeholders can support when looking to scale up ECD solutions.

For the most updated list of local and international speakers, please click here.

Philanthropy for Better Cities Forum Early-bird tickets at HK$2,120 per person are now available until 30 June 2018. Tickets will be sold at HK$2,500 per person after the offer period. Student price is HK$750. Register now to secure your tickets!

About Professor James J. Heckman

James J. Heckman is the Henry Shultz Distinguished Service Professor of Economics and Public Policy and Director of the Center for the Economics of Human Development at the University of Chicago. He has devoted his professional life to understanding the origins of major social and economic questions related to inequality, social mobility, discrimination and the formation of skills and regulation in labour markets, as well as to devising and applying economically interpretable empirical strategies for understanding and addressing these questions. Heckman has published over 300 articles and nine books on these topics.

Heckman is the recipient of the Nobel Prize in Economics, the John Bates Clark Medal, the Jacob Mincer Award, the Dennis Aigner Award, the Ulysses Medal, the Theodore W. Schultz Award, the Gold Medal of the President of the Italian Republic, the Frisch Medal and the Dan David Prize, and is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Economic Association.