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Research Professor James J. Heckman Receives Prestigious Friendship Award from Chinese Government

October 4, 2019, ABF news

James J. Heckman, American Bar Foundation (ABF) Research Professor and the Henry Schultz Distinguished Service Professor in Economics at the University of Chicago, has received the Friendship Award from the Chinese government. 

Established in 1991, the Friendship Award is the highest honor issued by the Chinese government to foreign experts. Awardees are chosen for their outstanding contributions to China’s economic and social progress. The award is not only presented in recognition of the foreign expert’s contribution to the Chinese but also a symbol of friendship. This year, 42 awards were granted. 

Heckman, a Nobel Laureate, is also the director of the Center for the Economics of Human Development at the University of Chicago. The Center uses rigorous empirical research to determine effective human capital policies and program design. One of the center’s capstone projects is the ChinaReach Project, a groundbreaking early childhood randomized control trial designed to evaluate the joint impact of China’s Children Nutrition Improvement Project in Poverty-stricken Areas (CNNIP) and the Jamaica Parenting and Psychosocial Stimulation Curriculum.

Professor Heckman was also invited to give the acceptance speech on behalf of all the recipients at this year’s award convocation, held September 30, 2019, as part of China’s 70th National Day Ceremony.

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