Child & Family

Can Behavioral Economists Nudge Young Hands Out of the Cookie Jar?

Using incentives to influence children’s food choices may have an impact that extends beyond a one-time choice. Leveraging behavioral economic techniques, like incentives, could help encourage children to choose and consume healthier foods.

The Unintended Consequence of Mandatory Child Care in Chile

A new paper from the National Bureau of Economic Research estimates the impact of mandatory childcare on the wages of women in Chile.

Changing Parental Behavior One Nudge at a Time

University of Chicago Developmental Psychologist Ariel Kalil discusses the use of behavioral economics in parenting interventions, research on preschool, and challenges in the field of early childhood education.

A Window of Opportunity: Yasmina Vinci Discusses the Past 50 Years of Head Start

Yasmina Vinci, Executive Director of the National Head Start Association, discusses the past, present, and future of the organization, including challenges and opportunities for growth.

Editor’s Note: Looking Back on Fifty Years of Head Start

The Head Start Program turns fifty this year, and it has earned its fair share of both supporters and detractors. The Child and Family team looks at some of the perspectives constituting the conversation.

It’s Back to School for Head Start Parents

New research shows that, for some parents, the Head Start program can improve educational outcomes but has no impact on employment outcomes.

Who Benefits Most from Head Start Programs?

New research on the impact of Head Start finds that participation leads to large cognitive gains, particularly among children with the lowest initial cognitive skills.

The Cost-effectiveness of Texting to Nudge Students Towards College Matriculation

A $7-per-student text messaging intervention during the summer following high school graduation significantly increased college enrollment rates in the fall, underscoring the returns to behavioral interventions.

No Pomp, All Circumstance: How Changing the College Experience Could Close the Higher Education Gap

There is a staggering gap between low- and middle-income students in college completion rates. New research indicates that the key to closing this gap may be focusing on helping first-generation students develop “school-relevant selves.”

Grandma Retires: How a New Grandchild Changes a Woman’s Career Choices

A new study analyzes the effects of a new grandchild on a grandmother’s labor force participation and attempts to connect caring for grandchildren with retirement choices.

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