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Capabilities and Skills

James J. Heckman, Chase O. Corbin

NBER Working Paper No. 22339
Issued in June 2016

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An earlier version of this paper was given with the title “Creating Flourishing Lives: The Dynamics of Capability Formation,” as the Amartya Sen Lecture at the Human Development and Capability Association conference held at Georgetown University, September 11, 2015. We thank Steve Durlauf, Martha Nussbaum, and Amartya Sen for comments on the previous draft, and Steve Durlauf for comments and conversations on this draft. This research was supported in part by: the Pritzker Children's Initiative; the Buffett Early Childhood Fund; NIH grants NICHD R37HD065072, NICHD R01HD054702, and NIA R24AG048081; an anonymous funder; Successful Pathways from School to Work, an initiative of the University of Chicago's Committee on Education and funded by the Hymen Milgrom Supporting Organization; the Human Capital and Economic Opportunity Global Working Group, an initiative of the Center for the Economics of Human Development and funded by the Institute for New Economic Thinking; and the American Bar Foundation. The views expressed in this paper are solely those of the authors and do not necessarily represent those of the funders or the official views of the National Institutes of Health or the National Bureau of Economic Research.

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