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James J. Heckman

James J. Heckman is a Nobel laureate and the Henry Schultz Distinguished Service Professor of Economics at the University of Chicago.

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Nobel Prize-winning economist James Heckman argues that early childhood intervention can improve the economic and social mobility of children born into disadvantage. At a time when state and local budgets for early interventions are being cut, Heckman issues an urgent call for action and offers some practical steps for how to design and pay for new programs. 

James J. Heckman
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The accident of birth is a principal source of inequality in America today. American society is dividing into skilled and unskilled, and the roots of this division lie in early childhood experiences.

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I thank the respondents for their comments. Their interesting points deserve more than the abbreviated response I can give here.

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The principal issue is to raise living standards at the bottom.

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