The Economics of Early Childhood Development: Lessons for Economic Policy Conference Program

Co-Hosted by
The Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis and
The McKnight Foundation and
in cooperation with the University of Minnesota
October 17, 2003

8:00 a.m. Registration, Continental Breakfast
8:30 Welcome
Jim Lyon, First Vice President, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, and Rip Rapson, President, the McKnight Foundation
Overview of Conference
Art Rolnick, Director of Research, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis
8:45 From Neurons to Neighborhoods:
The Science of Early Childhood Development
Jack P. Shonkoff, Dean, Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University
9:30 The Economics of Early Childhood Development:
A Three-Study Comparison
W. Steven Barnett, Professor of Economics and Education, Rutgers University
10:15 Discussant—Robert Michael, Professor, Harris School of Public Policy Studies, University of Chicago
10:30 Break
11:00 A Fresh Start for Head Start
Janet Currie, Professor of Economics, University of California, Los Angeles
11:45 Discussant—Pedro Carneiro, Professor of Economics, University College, London
12:30 p.m. Luncheon
1:15 Early Child Development—The Canadian Experience
J. Fraser Mustard, Founding President and Fellow, the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research
2:00 Interpreting the Evidence of Family Influence
on Child Development
James Heckman, Henry Schultz Distinguished Service Professor of Economics and Director of Social Program Evaluation at the Harris School of Public Policy, University of Chicago, with Flavio Cunha of the University of Chicago
2:45 Discussant—John P. Laitner, Professor of Economics, University of Michigan
3:00 Break
3:30 Public Funding of Early Childhood Development—
Too Little or Too Much?
Moderator—Scott R. McConnell, Professor of Educational Psychology, University of Minnesota

—A State of Minnesota Perspective:
David Jennings, Interim Superintendent,
Minneapolis Public Schools

—A Business Perspective:
Charles Kolb, President, Committee for Economic Development

4:45 Summary and Closing Remarks—Rolnick
5:00 Reception