Spring 2021  |  PA 5415 Section 001: Economics of Early Childhood Development (65702)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
1.5 Credits
Repeat Credit Limit:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
A-F only
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
Completely Online
Class Attributes:
Online Course
Enrollment Requirements:
Graduate Student
Times and Locations:
Second Half of Term
 
03/09/2021 - 05/03/2021
Mon, Wed 02:30PM - 03:45PM
Off Campus
UMN REMOTE
Enrollment Status:
Open (4 of 30 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
Early childhood development (ECS) is examined through the first decade of life from an economic perspective. Course focuses on the role of government in helping to promote ECD for purposes of social welfare and economic growth. Readings focus on education and health policies or programs that affect child outcomes from the prenatal period to third grade. Topics range from brain development to kindergarten-third grade policies. Students will become familiar with the importance of rigorous impact evaluations and the use of cost-benefit analysis as a tool for efficient resource allocation of child policies.
Class Notes:
Class will be offered REMOTELY. Class will meet synchronously-online during Spring 2021 during the scheduled time. http://classinfo.umn.edu/?jtemple+PA5415+Spring2021
Class Description:
Description:

Early childhood development
(ECS) is examined through the first decade of life from an economic perspective. Course focuses on the role of government policies in helping to promote ECD for purposes of social welfare and economic growth. Readings focus on education and health policies or programs that affect child outcomes from the prenatal period to third grade. Students will become familiar with the importance of rigorous impact evaluations and the use of cost-benefit analysis as a tool for efficient resource allocation to promote child wellbeing.

Examples of topics included in the first decade of life:

Cost-effectiveness of nurse home visiting programs and doulas

Long-term consequences of being in utero during a pandemic - evidence from 1918

Universal versus targeted preschool programs - short and long-term effects

Academic red-shirting in kindergarten

Elementary school topics including teachers, charter schools, and small class sizes

Required readings:

Reynolds, Rolnick, Englund and Temple, eds. (2010) Childhood Programs and Practices in the First Decade of Life: A Human Capital Integration. Cambridge University Press.

Additional assigned and optional articles and reports on topics of recent interest.

Who Should Take This Class?:
Graduate students and advanced undergraduates with permission. Students from any department are welcome. There is no prereq.
Grading:
One exam, a short paper (perhaps 7-8 pages) on a topic of the student's choosing, and multiple smaller assignments.

Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/65702/1213
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
19 December 2020

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