Economic Costs of Early Childhood Poverty

  • February 28, 2008
  • By Greg J. Duncan, Northwestern University, Ariel Kalil, University of Chicago, Kathleen Ziol-Guest, and Harvard University

Many U.S. children live in poverty, and poor children fare worse as adults than children from higher-income families.  This study concludes that eliminating poverty in early childhood has various positive economic impacts for the child, the family, and society.  The costs of doing so are outweighed by the benefits to the children and to taxpayers.

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