James Heckman, the Henry Schultz Distinguished Service Professor of Economics at the University of Chicago, will present the keynote address during the Frost Bank Distinguished Lecture Series at 11 a.m. Thursday, September 22 in Room 2.01.10 of the Business Building on the UTSA 1604 Campus. The event is sponsored by the College of Business and is free and open to the public.
Heckman, who shared the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences in 2000 for his development of theory and methods for analyzing selective samples, will present “Investing in the Very Young.” His research findings have proven that social programs can make a bigger difference and have more of an impact with younger children because the social skills they learn in the very early years set a pattern for acquiring life skills later. “On a purely economic basis,” Heckman says, “it makes a lot of sense to invest in the young.”
Heckman is the director of the Economics Research Center and director of the Center for Social Program Evaluation at the Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago, and he is a senior research fellow at the American Bar Foundation. His research has been devoted to the development of a scientific basis for economic policy evaluation. His recent research deals with such issues as the evaluation of social programs, the economics of the labor market and alternative models of the distribution of income.
The Frost Bank Distinguished Lecture Series brings prominent business and community leaders to UTSA to share their knowledge and experiences with students and others in the university and business community. The lecture series, which began in 1988, presents a forum for business leaders and academics to share their experiences in business so that students can broaden our understanding of the business world and the individuals who lead it.
UTSA’s College of Business is accredited by AACSB International, The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. It is one of the 40 largest business schools in the nation with more than 6,000 enrolled students and 37 different graduate and undergraduate business programs. The college is dedicated to raising its academic profile to become one of the best business schools recognized for developing “Knowledge for a New World.” For more information, call (210) 458-4313 or visit the college’s Web site at http://business.utsa.edu.
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