Earnings benefits of Tulsa's pre-K program for different income groups
AbstractThis paper estimates future adult earnings effects associated with a universal pre-K program in Tulsa, Oklahoma. These informed projections help to compensate for the lack of long-term data on universal pre-K programs, while using metrics that relate test scores to valued social benefits. Combining test-score data from the fall of 2006 and recent findings by Chetty et al. (forthcoming) on the relationship between kindergarten test scores and adult earnings, we generate plausible projections of adult earnings effects and a partial cost-benefit analysis of the Tulsa pre-K program. We find substantial projected earnings benefits for program participants who differ by income and by program dosage. The dollar effects and benefit-cost ratios are similar across groups, with benefit-to-cost ratios of approximately 3 or 4 to 1. Because we only consider adult earnings benefits, actual benefit-cost ratios are likely higher, especially for disadvantaged children.
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Note: Appears in Economics of Education Review 31(6): 1143-1161
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preschool; returns to preschool; economic development; tulsa;
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- Bartik, Timothy J. & Gormley, William & Adelstein, Shirley, 2012. "Earnings benefits of Tulsa's pre-K program for different income groups," Economics of Education Review, Elsevier, vol. 31(6), pages 1143-1161.
- Timothy J. Bartik & William Gormley & Shirley Adelstein, 2011. "Earnings Benefits of Tulsa's Pre-K Program for Different Income Groups," Upjohn Working Papers and Journal Articles 11-176, W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research.
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