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The Macroeconomic Consequences of Early Childhood Development Policies
Diego Daruich

To study long-run large-scale early childhood policies, this paper incorporates early childhood investments into a standard general-equilibrium (GE) heterogeneous-agent overlapping-generations model. After estimating it using US data, we show that an RCT evaluation of a short-run small-scale early childhood program in the model predicts effects on children's education and income that are similar to the empirical evidence. A long-run large-scale program, however, yields twice as large welfare gains, even after considering GE and taxation effects. Key to this difference is that investing in a child not only improves her skills but also creates a better parent for the next generation.

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Diego Daruich, The Macroeconomic Consequences of Early Childhood Development Policies, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, Working Papers 2018-29, 11 Oct 2018.
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Keywords: Inequality; intergenerational mobility; early childhood development
DOI: 10.20955/wp.2018.029
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