Education economist to present study of early childhood curriculum

The Economics of Education Seminar Series at IU Bloomington resumes this week with a presentation by University of California, Irvine, researcher Greg Duncan, a nationally known expert on income inequality and early childhood education – two topics that have been very much in the news.

His talk, “Optimal Early Childhood Education Policies,” will take place from noon to 1:30 p.m. Friday in room 278 at the School of Public and Environmental Affairs building.

Greg Duncan

Greg Duncan

Duncan is a Distinguished Professor in the School of Education at UC-Irvine. His recent research has focused on estimating the role of early childhood skills and behaviors on later school achievement and the effects of income inequality on schools and children’s opportunities later in life. He holds a Ph.D. in economics and previously taught at the University of Michigan and Northwestern University.

His presentation Friday will draw on data from a federal preschool study to provide an analysis of the long-term effectiveness of several types of curricula used in pre-kindergarten programs.

The Economics of Education Seminar Series, launched in 2011, brings leading economists conducting education-related studies to the campus for research presentations. It aims to encourage scholarly research and student engagement and provide opportunities for the IU community to learn from and meet with experts on prominent education issues.

Sponsors of the series include the SPEA Policy Analysis/Public Finance Faculty Group, the School of Education, the Department of Economics in the College of Arts and Sciences and the Education Policy Student Association.

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