Keywords: Economics of Human Development; Bilateral meeting
On the morning of 23rd March 2018, a bilateral meeting between China’s Center for the Economics of Human Development (CCEHD) and Center for the Economics of Human Development of the University of Chicago (CEHD) was successfully held in Jingshi Hotel, Beijing Normal University. The meeting focused on cooperation areas, cooperation model and other topics. James J. Heckman, Director of CEHD; Li Shi, Director of CCEHD, Executive Director of CIID and Professor of School of Economics and Business Management in Beijing Normal University; other CCEHD stuff: Professor Wang Xiaoli and Professor Li Wenzhi from School of Public Health in Peking University, Professor Tao Sha from Psychology Department in Beijng Normal University, Vice Dean Zhao Zhong of School of Labor Human Resources in Renmin University; Professor Wang Xiaobing from Manchester University, visiting scholar in CIID; Wan Haiyuan, Vice director of CIID; Zhao Chen, Vice Director of China’s Development Studies Foundation; Zhou Jin, Post-Doc at Chicago University and many others.
First, the two centers presented and reviewed their current research accomplishment and data. Vice secretary-general, Fang Jin, introduced the related data from China’s Development Studies Foundation. Professor Tao Sha shared the findings from the Psychology module. Professor Li Zhiwen presented on the finding from the Healthcare module. Professor Zhao Zhong shared the related studies and data from Renmin University. Professor James J. Heckman presented some detailed information of the current research agenda and future development plan of CEHD.
Next, Professor Li Shi and Vice Secretary-general Fang Jin, co-directors of CCEHD, presented the certificate of membership for CCEHD academic committee, followed by the opening ceremony of CCEHD.
In the end of the meeting, two centers engaged in a more in-depth conversation regarding cooperation and reached the following consensus: first, deepen the cooperation relationships and build a long-term cooperation relation; second, clarify on the cooperation model and enhancing research team’s coordination and communication through more projects; third, promote practices and carry-on of research and accelerate the progress of research.
In the afternoon, Professor James J. Heckman gave a speech titled “The Causal Effects of Education on Earnings, Health and Smoking” in the main conference room. Professor Heckman shared his research on the casual effects of education on income, health and smoking with a dynamic model of education selection. Professor Heckman’s speech attracted a large number of participant who also highly engaged with the speech and posted many interesting follow-up questions after the speck. Professor Heckman gave knowledgeable responses to questions that received tons of applause and appreciation in the end of the speech.
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