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Arizona Mayors Education Dashboards: The Economic Effects of High School Non-Completion and Disconnected Youth

January 1, 2018

The wealth of Arizona's cities and towns depends largely on youth receiving good educations and contributing to their communities. School and work are central to ensuring that youth develop knowledge and skills needed to lead successful lives.

The Economics of Investing in Opportunity Youth

September 1, 2012

The economic impact of opportunity youth is felt by the youth themselves, by taxpayers, and across all society. Opportunity youth are less likely to be employed and more likely to rely on government supports. They are in worse health and are more likely to be involved in criminal activity. Purely from an economic perspective -- leaving aside important questions of social equity -- opportunity is being lost on a large scale. The aggregate economic losses associated with opportunity youth are enormous. There are immediate losses during youth and there are long-term losses as these youth fail to prosper. These losses can be calculated from various perspectives: for the taxpayer and for society; by youth subgroups; by level of government; and for individual communities. To avoid perpetuating these losses over current and future cohorts it is critical to understand the policy context for opportunity youth.

The Economic Losses From High School Dropouts in California

August 1, 2007

Calculates the fiscal and social burdens from high school dropouts in California, focusing on the economic consequences of inadequate education on earnings, on tax revenues, and on spending on health, crime, and welfare.

The Return on Investment for Improving California's High School Graduation Rate

August 1, 2007

Reviews a range of educational investments to improve the high school graduation rate in California, and calculates the costs to taxpayers of delivering these interventions compared with the economic benefits of each additional high school graduate.

An Economic Analysis of Four-Year-Old Kindergarten in Wisconsin: Returns to the Education System

September 1, 2005

Departments of Education nationwide are finding that investments in pre-kindergarten programs yield significant later savings across the budgetary board, from reductions in special education expenditures to improved teacher-retention rates. This study shows that in Wisconsin, for every state dollar invested in pre-k, 68 cents would be returned in savings to the education system. In Milwaukee, the benefits are even greater at 76 cents saved for every $1 invested. Wisconsin already has a proud tradition of investing in pre-k. It is clear from these figures that those are dollars well spent and that increased investment will produce even greater returns.

An Economic Analysis of Pre-K in Louisiana

June 1, 2005

A number of recent studies have shown that pre-k education is one of the most cost effective investments that a state can make. This report indicates that Louisiana has much to gain from such an investment. Overall, for every $1 invested in pre-k, the state would recoup $2.25 in benefits. In the Department of Education alone, every dollar invested in pre-k would be offset by a savings of 77 cents over children's 13 years in K-12. These calculations show that pre-k expansion would be a strong investment, yielding high returns to Louisiana.