Category Archives: Distribution of benefits

The importance of education, and a pre-K experiment to watch

Two articles recently came to my attention that are of considerable relevance to early childhood education. First, New York Times reporter Eduardo Porter has an article and interview with economist Thomas Piketty on growing economic inequality. Piketty is the author … Continue reading

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Reducing inequality may sometimes increase economic growth – and a specific example is early childhood education

Nobel prize-winning economist Paul Krugman devoted his column this morning to recent empirical evidence, from the International Monetary Fund, which indicates that reducing income inequality need not reduce economic growth. This goes against a tradition among economists as seeing an … Continue reading

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The appeal of universal programs rests in part on simplicity

A summary of my paper with my colleague Marta Lachowska on the Kalamazoo Promise recently was published in Education Next. (The summary even received a tweet from Arne Duncan!) The Kalamazoo Promise is a program begun in 2005, under which … Continue reading

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Weighing the preschool research evidence

Professor Bruce Fuller had an op-ed on preschool in the Washington Post on February 9. Professor Fuller’s interpretations of preschool research omit some important research. Specifically, Professor Fuller argues that “youngsters from middle-class and well-off homes benefit little from preschool”.  … Continue reading

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What the available evidence shows about middle-class benefits of early childhood education

At the recent Education Writers Association conference on early childhood education, Russ Whitehurst of the Brookings Institution cited Tulsa and Boston studies as evidence that the benefits of early childhood education are much greater for low-income children than for middle-class … Continue reading

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Why early childhood education can significantly reduce income inequality

President Obama’s State of the Union address Tuesday night is rumored to talk about a variety of measures to reduce income inequality (perhaps reframed as building “ladders of opportunity” for the poor and middle-class), including early childhood education. I thought … Continue reading

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My one-page issue brief (with links!) on “Facts from Early Childhood Research”

At the request of the group ReadyNation, I prepared a one-page issue brief. This issue brief was designed to provide a brief review of the facts about early childhood programs for business leaders who are involved with ReadyNation. The one-page … Continue reading

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Early childhood education: the economics of early versus later interventions

Nick Kristof had an excellent column on early childhood education in the October 27th edition of the New York Times. In this column, he argues that early childhood education is “the best tool we have to break cycles of poverty”. … Continue reading

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New evidence suggests universal pre-K increases overall pre-K enrollment for all income groups, but provides mixed evidence on test score effects

A new paper by Elizabeth Cascio and Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach provides important new evidence on the effects of universal pre-K. This paper was presented in late September at the Brookings Panel on Economic Activity. Cascio and Schanzenbach examine the effects … Continue reading

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The benefits of early childhood programs depend upon design

Melinda Wenner Moyer wrote a recent column in Slate on how U.S. day care affects kids. Her column provides a useful summary of the day care research. Day care has mixed effects relative to parental care: more positive if the … Continue reading

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