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ABC/CARE was a comprehensive, birth through age five early childhood development program that included early health, nutrition, parental education and early childhood education. Complementing their recent cost-benefit analysis of the ABC/CARE program, Dr. James Heckman and his team look at the differences in outcomes based on gender in their paper, Gender Differences in the Benefits of an Influential Early Childhood Program.


Sandy Ahn and Sabrina Corlette from the Center on Health Insurance Reforms at Georgetown University released a paper through the Urban Institute Research Hub analyzing the findings of state laws that lower consumers’ financial barriers to key health care services, primarily through regulation of health plan benefit design in the individual and small-group insurance markets. The research included a survey of laws and policies in all 50 states and D.C., and in-depth interviews of stakeholders in four states with such policies.


Kai Hong, Kacie Dragan, and Sherry Glied from the NYU Wagner Research Hub released a working paper exploring the health impacts of New York City’s 2014 roll-out of a Universal Pre-Kindergarten (UPK) program. The substantial size of the program, the emphasis on developmental screening, the age-cutoff rule for enrollment, and the timing of the roll-out made it an excellent case to evaluate potential short-term health and utilization impacts.

How are SNAP Benefits Spent? Evidence from a Retail PanelOverview

Professors Justine Hastings and Jesse M. Shapiro of Brown University released a working paper analyzing the effects of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) on household spending.

The research team found that high-quality early childhood education programs had the potential to deliver a 13.7% per child, per year return on investment through better outcomes in health, education, and employment. The economic return of the two programs was substantially higher than had been previously found for preschool programs serving 3- to 4-year-olds, which have previously estimated only a 7-10% return on investment.