Giving Kids a Fair Chance Early in Life: A Strategy that Works

Friday, 14 February 2014
Columbus KL (Hyatt Regency Chicago)
James Heckman , University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
With the global rise in income inequality, children born into disadvantaged environments are at much greater risk of being unskilled and facing many obstacles in life - which is bad for individuals and bad for societies. SES-related gaps in cognitive and non-cognitive skills emerge early, and can be traced in part to adverse early environments. With smart policies, we can arrest the polarization between skilled and unskilled, focusing on the early years when change is possible.