Economic Development Benefits of Preschool Expansion in Kalamazoo County

Upjohn Institute Working Paper No. 09-147

35 Pages Posted: 4 Apr 2009 Last revised: 17 Jun 2015

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Timothy Bartik

W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research

Date Written: July 24, 2008

Abstract

This paper examines the effects of preschool expansion in Kalamazoo County on the county's economic development. Effects on the county's economic development are defined as effects on the employment and earnings of county residents. The estimated effects are found to be large relative to the costs. In addition to their relevance to Kalamazoo County, these simulations illustrate how the analysis presented in two previous papers (Bartik 2006, 2008) can be done for an individual county or metropolitan area. Such simulations may be of interest to other counties or metropolitan areas that are considering expansions in early childhood programs.

Keywords: preschool, regional economic development, employment, earnings

JEL Classification: R58, I21, J24

Suggested Citation

Bartik, Timothy, Economic Development Benefits of Preschool Expansion in Kalamazoo County (July 24, 2008). Upjohn Institute Working Paper No. 09-147, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1372833 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1372833

Timothy Bartik (Contact Author)

W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research ( email )

300 South Westnedge Avenue
Kalamazoo, MI 49007-4686
United States

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