The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has awarded the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences to James J. Heckman from the University of Chicago (USA). Heckman received the prize for his development of theories and methods to analyse sample selections. As a research professor at the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in Mannheim he closely collaborates with the Research Department "Labour Markets, Human Resources and Social Policy". Apart from providing scientific support for research projects, he also held a presentation on "Econometric Evaluation of Active Labour Market Policies in Europe" within the framework of a ZEW conference in June 1999. Furthermore, he will participate in a conference entitled "Labor Market Effects of Income Support and Training Programs - A Comparison Between Germany and the US" on April 4 and 5, 2001, in Berlin, which he organised in cooperation with ZEW.