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Why Governments Should Invest in Early Education

July 1, 2008
Economics and FinanceOutcomes

This article makes an economic case for investing in the education of young children.

Why Governments Should Invest in Early Education

by W. Steve Barnett (July 2008)


This article reviews benefit-cost analyses of three preschool education programs: Carolina Abecedarian, Chicago Child-Parent Centers, and High/Scope Perry Preschool. The author concludes that based on these and other studies, the high rates of return on investments for pre-K programs call for public investments in preschool education. This article appeared in CESifo DICE Report, Volume 6, Issue 2.

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