The Problems of Disadvantaged Youth

The Problems of Disadvantaged Youth

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One of the most important public policy issues in the United States is how to improve the life prospects of disadvantaged youth who, in their formative years, face low-quality school systems, poor access to health care, and high-crime environments. The Problems of Disadvantaged Youth includes a broad range of research examining various aspects of disadvantage, and ways of increasing the ability of low-income youths to improve their circumstances later in life. Taking an empirical economics perspective, the nine essays in this volume assess the causal impacts of disadvantage on youth outcomes, and how policy interventions can alleviate those impacts. Each chapter develops a framework to describe the relationship between youths and later life outcomes, addressing such factors as educational opportunity, health, neighborhood crime rates, and employment. This vital book documents the serious short- and long-term negative consequences of childhood disadvantage and provides nuanced evidence of the impact of public policy designed to help needy children.Students in CPS take the Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS), which is a nationally- normed multiple-choice exam that measures student proficiency in reading comprehension and a variety of basic math skills. The tests are mandatory and universally administered to CPS elementary students, starting in third grade. In our sample, more than 99 percent of students enrolled in these grades have valid test scoreanbsp;...

Title:The Problems of Disadvantaged Youth
Author:Jonathan Gruber
Publisher:University of Chicago Press - 2009-11-15


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