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Analyzing the Influential Early Childhood Policies that are Proven to Promote Human Flourishing

Author: James J. Heckman

A large and growing literature documents the effectiveness of early childhood interventions on a variety of outcomes, including crime, education, teenage pregnancy, earnings, health, and mental health. The evidence points to the effectiveness of prevention as opposed to later-life remediation of these same problems. This project is a multi-year study of the economics of human potential, strengthening the evidence and interpreting it more finely with an eye toward guiding the design of effective policy and determining which programs work.

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