Congressional Panel Discussion - May 12, 2008

What Does Economics Tell Us About Early Childhood Policy?

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Dr. Lynn A. Karoly, RAND Corporation
Dr. Rebecca Kilburn, RAND Corporation
Dr. Deborah Phillips, Georgetown University


Dr. Peter Pecora, Senior Director of Research Services, Casey Family Programs


Monday, May 12, 2008


12:30 pm –2:00 pm (lunch included)


Senate Dirkson Office Building G-11
Washington, D.C.

About the Program

A recent report by the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University integrates advances in neuroscience, developmental psychology, and program evaluation to develop a scientific framework that provides evidence-based guidance related to early childhood policy. A new RAND report, sponsored by Casey Family Programs, shows how insights from the field of economics—human capital theory and monetary payoffs—also contribute to the science of early childhood policy. Drs. Karoly and Kilburn co-authored the new RAND report, The Economics of Early Childhood Policy, and Dr. Phillips was one of the authors of the Harvard report. The panelists will discuss the implications of the findings from this and other recent research for early childhood policy. We will also invite audience members to participate in a Question and Answer period as well. 

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