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Quantifying the Life-cycle Benefits of a Prototypical Early Childhood Program

Jorge Luis García, James J. Heckman, Duncan Ermini Leaf, María José Prados

NBER Working Paper No. 23479
Issued in June 2017, Revised in February 2019

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This research was supported in part by grants from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Policies for Action program, NICHD R37HD065072, the American Bar Foundation, the Buffett Early Childhood Fund, the Pritzker Children's Initiative, NICHD R01HD054702, NIA R01AG042390, and by the National Institute On Aging of the National Institutes of Health under Award Number P30AG024968. The views expressed in this paper are solely those of the authors and do not necessarily represent those of the funders or the official views of the National Institutes of Health. The authors wish to thank Frances Campbell, Craig and Sharon Ramey, Margaret Burchinal, Carrie Bynum, and the staff of the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill for the use of data and source materials from the Carolina Abecedarian Project and the Carolina Approach to Responsive Education. Years of partnership and collaboration have made this work possible. Andres Hojman, Yu Kyung Koh, Sylvi Kuperman, Stefano Mosso, Rodrigo Pinto, Joshua Shea, Jake Torcasso, and Anna Ziff contributed to the analysis in this paper. We thank Bryan Tysinger of the Leonard D. Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics at the University of Southern California for help adapting the Future Adult Model to make the health projections used in this paper.

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