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The Health Returns to Education Policies: From Preschool to High School and Beyond

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Air date: Friday, October 16, 2015, 2:00:00 PM
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Category: BSSR - Behavioral and Social Sciences
Runtime: 01:04:10
Description: 2015-2016 BSSR Lecture Series

This research project examines the long-term productivity of education spending, with emphasis on the health returns of educational investments throughout the life course. The project aims to uncover the relationships between segregation, school spending, educational attainment, and students' short-and long-run health outcomes and identify the causal chain that links measures of school quality and adult health. The three major policy changes this research exploits to identify significant changes in school spending include desegregation, school finance reform, and Head Start, for cohorts born since 1950. The health returns to educational investments have received less attention than the traditional focus on short-run test scores and more recently, labor market returns. This is an important omission, given that the return to education in terms of health is about half of the return to education on earnings (Cutler and Lleras-Muney, 2008; Johnson, 2011). An aim of this project is to uniquely fill the research gap by linking data on early childhood education through K-12 school resource inputs with data on adult health and SES attainment outcomes. This work aims to improve our understanding of the long-run economic and health returns to access to high- vs low-quality K-12 school systems.

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NLM Title: The health returns to education policies : from preschool to high school and beyond / Dr. Rucker C. Johnson.
Author: Johnson, Rucker C.
National Institutes of Health (U.S.),
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Abstract: (CIT): 2015-2016 BSSR Lecture Series. This research project examines the long-term productivity of education spending, with emphasis on the health returns of educational investments throughout the life course. The project aims to uncover the relationships between segregation, school spending, educational attainment, and students' short-and long-run health outcomes and identify the causal chain that links measures of school quality and adult health. The three major policy changes this research exploits to identify significant changes in school spending include desegregation, school finance reform, and Head Start, for cohorts born since 1950. The health returns to educational investments have received less attention than the traditional focus on short-run test scores and more recently, labor market returns. This is an important omission, given that the return to education in terms of health is about half of the return to education on earnings (Cutler and Lleras-Muney, 2008; Johnson, 2011). An aim of this project is to uniquely fill the research gap by linking data on early childhood education through K-12 school resource inputs with data on adult health and SES attainment outcomes. This work aims to improve our understanding of the long-run economic and health returns to access to high- vs low-quality K-12 school systems.
Subjects: Early Intervention (Education)--economics
Education--economics
Educational Status
Poverty
Race Relations
Social Determinants of Health
United States
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