Category Archives: Economic development

Restoring middle-class opportunities for more Americans

Nick Kristof’s recent column in the New York Times highlighted some of the economic and social challenges facing many working-class Americans. He focuses on an Oregon friend of his who has faced many economic and social challenges due to his … Continue reading

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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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