Category Archives: Economic development

Published Duke study of North Carolina early childhood programs finds good evidence for spillover benefits for overall student achievement

The recently-published version of a Duke University study provides good evidence that high-quality early childhood programs have sizable spillover benefits for overall student achievement.  The research also suggests that these programs can have ratios of earnings benefits to costs that … Continue reading

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Update on my short videos on early childhood programs: 4th video added, and videos now available on ITunes

With production by Detroit Public TV, and funding from Michigan’s Early Childhood Investment Corporation, I have been working on six videos on early childhood programs. The videos are short (about a minute and a half each). They focus on key … Continue reading

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Comments on Heckman book, “Giving Kids a Fair Chance”

Nobel prize-winning economist James Heckman has a recent (March 2013) short book, Giving Kids a Fair Chance. The book has a short essay (about 40 small pages) by Heckman, followed by comments on Heckman’s essay by 11 commentators with a … Continue reading

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Moving the U.S. towards a more universal, high-quality early education system

Lane Kenworthy, a well-known comparative sociologist of inequality issues at the University of Arizona, has a thought-provoking blog post on why the U.S. should more towards a high-quality early education system. Based on his own extensive knowledge of Scandinavian social … Continue reading

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My preschool and economic development presentation is TED’s “talk of the day”

On May 6, 2013, TED posted a fifteen minute presentation by me on pre-K and economic development as its “Talk of the Day”. TED slightly re-edited this from a TEDx talk I gave at Miami University last year. In just … Continue reading

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My presentation at the Wisconsin Family Impact Seminar

I made a presentation on early childhood programs and state economic development in Madison, Wisconsin, as part of a program for state legislators and state policymakers sponsored by the Wisconsin Family Impact Seminar, on February 13, 2013. This presentation included … Continue reading

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Michigan Governor Snyder’s proposal for expanded preschool

On February 7, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder released his state budget proposal, which included a significant proposed expansion of state-funded preschool. This preschool proposal recommends expanding the state’s preschool funding from $109 million in fiscal year 2013, to $174 million … Continue reading

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Michigan Radio’s special on pre-K

I was interviewed by reporter Dustin Dwyer for a Michigan Radio special report on preschool that aired today. The “State of Opportunity” portion of Michigan Radio’s website has an edited transcript and audio of the special, and a guide with links … Continue reading

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Right-to-work laws and state economic development strategies

A high-profile issue right now, especially in Michigan, is the effects of state right-to-work laws on state economic development. As an economic development strategy, the adoption of a state right-to-work law is an uncertain and risky strategy, as I have … Continue reading

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All business incentives are not created equal

Kenneth Thomas has a useful blog post pointing out that the New York Times database on business incentives, which accompanies Louise Story’s series, includes sales tax exemptions for business purchases of goods and services. Thomas’s figures, which are consistent with … Continue reading

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