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James Heckman as a Law and Society Scholar: An Appreciation

  • Peter Siegelman


I want to thank the editors of Law and Social Inquiry for giving me the chance to convey my immense admiration—indeed, reverence would not be too strong a word—for James Heckman and his work, on the occasion of his being awarded the 2000 Nobel prize in economics. It's a great pleasure to be able publicly to acknowledge my personal and professional debts to Jim; but I've come to realize that it's also a great burden to have to say something worthy of the occasion and the person. Jim's own writing tends toward the terse rather than the expansive. In that spirit, the tersest thing I can say that adequately conveys the importance of his work is that I'm certain that people will still be reading and talking about both his methodological and substantive ideas 100 years from now.



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Cameron, Steven, and Heckman, James J. 1993. The Nonequivalence of High School Equivalents. Journal of Labor Economics, January.
Cooter, Robert, and Ulen, Thomas. 2000. Law and Economics. 3d ed. Reading, Mass.: Addison Wesley.
Donohue, John J. III, and Heckman, James J. 1991. Continuous vs. Episodic Change: The Impact of Affirmative Action and Civil Rights Policy on the Economic Status of Blacks. Journal of Economic Literature 29 (4): 1603–43.
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Good, I. J. 1968. S. v. “fallacies, statistical“. International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences 5: 292.
Heckman, James J. 1976. Simultaneous Equation Models with Both Continuous and Discrete Endogenous Variables with and without Structural Shift in the Equations. In Studies in Nonlinear Estimation, ed. Goldfeld, Stephen M. and Quandt, Richard E. Cambridge, Mass.: Ballinger.
Heckman, James J. 1978. Dummy Endogenous Variables in a Simultaneous Equation System. Econometrica 46: 931–59.
Heckman, James J. 1979. Sample Selection Bias as a Specification Error. Econometrica 47 (Feb.): 153–61.
Heckman, James J. 1981. Heterogeneity and State Dependence. In Studies in Labor Markets, ed. Rosen, S. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
Heckman, James J. 1991. Identifying the Hand of the Past: Distinguishing State Dependence from Heterogeneity. American Economic Review 81 (2): 7579.
Heckman, James J. 1992. Randomization and Social Policy Evaluation. In Evaluating Welfare and Training Programs, ed. Manski, Charles F. and Garfinkel, Irwin. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.
Heckman, James J. 1999. Doing It Right: Job Training and Education. Public Interest, Spring.
Heckman, James J., and Borjas, G. 1980. Does Unemployment Cause Future Unemployment? Definitions, Questions and Answers from a Continuous Time Model of Heterogeneity and State Dependence. Economica (special symposium issue on unemployment), May.
Heckman, James J., and Payner, Brook. Determining the Impact of Federal Antidiscrimination Policy on the Economic Status of Blacks: A Study of South Carolina. American Economic Review 79 (1): 138–77.
Heckman, James J., and Siegelman, Peter. 1993. The Urban Institute Audit Studies: Their Methods and Findings. In Clear and Convincing Evidence: Measurement of Discrimination in America, ed. Fix, Michael and Struyk, Raymond. Washington, D. C.: Urban Institute Press.
Landes, William M. 1968. The Economics of Fair Employment Laws. Journal of Political Economy 76: 507.
Lieberson, Stanley. 1985. Making It Count. Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press.


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