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The Cynical Libertarian

That was a great article until "who tout the economic benefits as a strong reason to fund pre-school." If the benefits are so great, and minorities can afford to go to college, surely they can afford pre-school? Thus, the focus should be on letting them know that pre-school is a great idea rather than subsidizing an already efficient sector. We don't lack supply, we lack demand.

The Cynical Libertarian

That was a great article until "who tout the economic benefits as a strong reason to fund pre-school." If the benefits are so great, and minorities can afford to go to college, surely they can afford pre-school? Thus, the focus should be on letting them know that pre-school is a great idea rather than subsidizing an already efficient sector. We don't lack supply, we lack demand.

The Cynical Libertarian

That was a great article until "who tout the economic benefits as a strong reason to fund pre-school." If the benefits are so great, and minorities can afford to go to college, surely they can afford pre-school? Thus, the focus should be on letting them know that pre-school is a great idea rather than subsidizing an already efficient sector. We don't lack supply, we lack demand.

The Cynical Libertarian

That was a great article until "who tout the economic benefits as a strong reason to fund pre-school." If the benefits are so great, and minorities can afford to go to college, surely they can afford pre-school? Thus, the focus should be on letting them know that pre-school is a great idea rather than subsidizing an already efficient sector. We don't lack supply, we lack demand.

Arthur Eckart

Some place a low value on education (in both minority and majority groups). The opportunity cost is too high, given U.S. (relatively) low-skilled and high-paying jobs (including overtime). Some jobs don't require a lot of education. Often, experience is enough to raise or maximize productivity. When parents don't value education, typically, their children won't either. The most cost efficient way to increase education may be for parents to be educated about the value of education. Another low cost way, to increase education, is to pay less educated workers less and more educated workers more for the same job, given prior opportunity costs.

Arthur Eckart

Also, I may add, most U.S. employers have performance reviews, which are typically based on productivity. Education could be included through tax credits. Increased education levels of the workforce may spill over to children.

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W. Steve Barnett

My work over the past 25 years is much of the basis for current understanding of the economics of investing in early education. The externalities are very large, monetary benefits far in the future, and outcomes for any individual child are highly uncertain, thus parents have far less interest in investing in an expensive preschool education program than does the general public. Moreover, research has shown that parents are poor judges of the educational effectiveness of programs (though this is an area where more information might be useful in affecting demand).

Arthur Eckart

W, perhaps, children who need preschool the most have parents who value education the least. Also, an expensive preschool education has a high opportunity cost to poor (or less educated) parents. The outcome for any child is uncertain. However, it seems, a preschool education will increase the child's chances.

Arthur Eckart

The study above states: "You go where the marginal returns are the highest and they’re highest with disadvantaged children..." However, true costs are rarely overestimated. A cost efficient way to increase the quantity and quality of education can help more children and society.

Arthur Eckart

W, what study (or studies) concludes "parents have far less interest in investing in an expensive preschool education program than does the general public," based on the three factors you cited?, i.e. "externalities are very large, monetary benefits far in the future, and outcomes for any individual child are highly uncertain."

When parents place their children in expensive private schools, they forgo the free or prepaid benefits of public schools (also, typically, public schools are better in affluent areas). So, those parents pay twice (although, some students attend both private and public schools simultaneously and receive two diplomas). It would seem income and parent's values are more influencial determinants. The idea seems to be to give children an advantage or a head start in education. So, they won't lag other students and receive better grades. When students perform well, they may be more interested in education.

HealOurWaters

Interesting topic!

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Silkroad

Excellent. If I had $1 to allocate I'd put more on pre-school, then primary and secondary school. Subsidizing disadvantaged children should help more than universal subsidies. To be fair to others, the children should pay back what they've received. It is government's investment on a person but most of the return is reaped by the person himself

The pre-school subsidies should then be a form of non-interest government loan. Beneficiaries should repay when they reach a certain age, say 25

Danny L. McDaniel

That is one of the most reasoned, practical and uplifting economic stories I have read in a long while. It is too bad that economic analysis of that kind couldn't be applied to more facets of the American lifestyle and government spending.

Danny L. McDaniel
Lafayette, Indiana

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