Monthly Archives: November 2011

State economic development policies: what works?

I delivered a speech about  state economic development policies on November 30, 2011. The presentation was made in D.C. at the 19th Annual State Fiscal Policy Conference of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. The text of my prepared … Continue reading

Posted in Business incentives, Early childhood program design issues, Early childhood programs, Economic development, Incentive design issues

Top 9 reasons why universal access to pre-K makes sense

I was recently asked to give some key reasons why pre-K systems with broad or even universal access make sense. Here are my top 9 reasons. Political sustainability. Systems that help income groups that comprise a majority of voters are … Continue reading

Posted in Distribution of benefits, Early childhood program design issues, Early childhood programs, Economic development | 1 Comment

How do payoffs differ between early interventions and late interventions?

A recent paper, by Susan Dynarski, Joshua Hyman, and Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach, has received some attention in the early education community, and elsewhere. The paper is entitled “Experimental Evidence on the Effect of Childhood Investments on Postsecondary Attainment and Degree … Continue reading

Posted in Early childhood program design issues, Early childhood programs, Timing of benefits

Who creates jobs?

A few months ago I read the following quote in a local newspaper from a business leader, which expresses a commonly-held sentiment: “Government doesn’t create jobs…People opening that new pizza shop [or] that new dry cleaners – those are the … Continue reading

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The strengths and limitations of multiplier spending effects of early childhood programs

I have been asked by several people lately for my reactions to recent reports about the short-run multiplier and input-output effects on state economies of early childhood programs.  Over the years, these reports have been produced by America’s Edge, by … Continue reading

Posted in Early childhood programs, Economic development

Does earlier intervention result in higher returns?

One intriguing figure in the new book, Childhood Programs and Practices in the First Decade of Life, examines the benefits per dollar of different early childhood and early school-age programs at different ages. (The figure is on p. 182, in … Continue reading

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