Kerwin Charles Kerwin
Charles is the Steans Family Professor in Education Policy in the
Harris School and a research associate at the National Bureau of
Economic Research. His research focuses on a range of
subjects in the broad area of empirical labor economics. His work has
examined the effect of abortion legalization on outcomes for children
born around the time of legalization; how the racial composition of
neighborhoods affects the social connections people make; causes for
the dramatic convergence in completed schooling between recent
generations of American men and women; the effect of retirement on
subjective well being; how wealth is propagated across generations
within a family; and many dimensions of the effect of health shocks,
including the effect on family stability and labor supply. In ongoing
work, he is studying the assortative mating in economic models, and
labor supply responses to anticipated expenses.
Greg Duncan Greg
Duncan is Edwina S. Tarry Professor, School of Education and Social
Policy; Faculty Fellow, Institute for Policy Research, Northwestern
University and Director, Northwestern University/University of Chicago
Joint Center for Poverty Research. Duncan has published extensively on
issues of income distribution, child poverty and welfare dependence.
Duncan is a member of the interdisciplinary Family and Child Well-Being
Research Network of the National Institute of Child Health and Human
Development and the MacArthur Network on the Family and the Economy.
Roland Fryer Roland
Fryer is Assistant Professor of Economics at Harvard University.
His research has included an examination of the effect of attending
historically black colleges and universities, an empirical analysis of
"acting white", consequences of affirmative action programs, the
psychological basis of racial bias, empirical studies of the
achievement gap between white and black students, and the sociology of
James Heckman James
Heckman is the Henry Schultz Distinguished Service Professor of
Economics at the University of Chicago, where he also serves as
director of the Economics Research Center and the Center for Social
Program Evaluation. Heckman's work has been devoted to the development
of a scientific basis for economic policy evaluation, with special
emphasis on models of individuals and disaggregated groups, and to the
problems and possibilities created by heterogeneity, diversity, and
unobserved counterfactual states. He also does research on human
development and lifecycle skill formation. He has received numerous
awards for his work, including the John Bates Clark Award of the
American Economic Association in 1983, the 2000 Nobel Memorial Prize in
Economic Sciences (with Daniel McFadden), and the 2005 Jacob Mincer
Award for Lifetime Achievement in Labor Economics.
Steven Levitt Steven Levitt is Director of the Initiative on Chicago Price Theory ,
and Alvin H. Baum Professor of Economics at the University of Chicago.
Levitt's research includes a wide range of topics such as the economic
aspects of crime, corruption, sports, and education. In 2003, he
received the John Bates Clark Medal from the American Economic
Derek Neal Derek
Neal is the Director of the Chicago Workshop on Black-White Inequality
and Professor in the Department of Economics at the University of
Chicago. His current research focuses on measuring black-white labor
market inequality and its causes. In related work, he is trying to
understand the determinants of the black-white skill gap among young
persons as well as black-white differences in family structure.