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From Theory to Statistics to Empirics: An Econometrics Conference in Honor of James Heckman

James Heckman’s research elucidates many of the most fundamental questions in social science through the systematic integration of econometrics and economic theory into empirical work. This conference honored his 75th birthday by bringing together scholars whose approach to economics has been inspired by his vision.


Friday, August 9, 2019
9:00 am - 9:40 am
Registration and Breakfast
9:40 am - 9:50 am
Opening Remarks

Session 1

9:50 am - 10:30 am
Sample Selection, Parameter Heterogeneity, Exclusion Restrictions, and Partial Identification
Bo Honore (Presenter), Princeton University
Luojia Hu, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
10:30 am - 10:50 am

Session 2

10:50 am - 11:30 am
You Are What Your Parents Think: Height and Local Reference Points
Jere Behrman, University of Pennsylvania
Flavio Cunha (Presenter), Rice University
Esteban Puentes, University of Chile
Fan Wang, University of Houston
11:30 am - 12:10 pm
Actors in the Child Development Process
Daniela Del Boca, University of Turin and Collegio Carlo Alberto
Chris Flinn (Presenter), New York University
Ewout Verriest, New York University
Matthew Wiswall, University of Wisconsin-Madison
12:10 pm - 1:10 pm

Session 3

1:10 pm - 1:50 pm
Beyond Treatment: Identifying Causal Effects Among Outcomes in Instrumental Variable Models
James Heckman, University of Chicago
Rodridgo Pinto (Presenter), University of California, Los Angeles
1:50 pm - 2:30 pm
Some Children Left Behind
Jeffrey Smith,  University of Wisconsin-Madison
2:30 pm - 2:50 pm

Session 4

2:50 pm - 3:30 pm
Measuring Belief Distortions from Asset Prices
Xiaohong Chen, Yale University
Lars Peter Hansen, University of Chicago
3:30 pm - 4:10 pm
Constructive Identification in Multivariate Nonseparable Hedonic Models
Rosa Matzkin, University of California, Los Angeles
4:10 pm
Conference Adjourns for the Day
Saturday, August 10, 2019
8:30 am - 9:30 am

Session 5

9:30 am - 10:10 am
Earnings Dynamics and Intergenerational Transmission of Skill
Lance Lochner (Presenter), Western University
Youngmin Park, Bank of Canada
10:10 am - 10:50 am
Personality Traits and Job Search
Chris Flinn , New York University
Petra Todd (Presenter), University of Pennsylvania
Weilong Zhang, University of Cambridge
10:50 am - 11:10 am

Session 6

11:10 am - 11:50 am
Causality and Econometrics
James Heckman, University of Chicago
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
1:00 pm
Conference Concludes