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News Coverage Apr 21, 2017

Plant City Times & Observer: A future unwritten: New immigration policies could threaten stability in Plant City

According to a September 2010 study titled ‘Ten Economic Facts About Immigration,’ from the Hamilton Project, an economic policy initiative from the nonprofit policy organization the Brookings Institution, ‘taxes paid by immigrants and their children — both legal and unauthorized — exceed the costs of the services they use.’ Even the high cost of childcare for immigrants, often seen as a burden on the American taxpayer, are proportional to the children of native-born parents. The cost is cancelled out when what those parents and children put back into the system is considered.

News Coverage Apr 20, 2017

Yahoo Finance: Malcolm Gladwell may have been wrong about a schooling strategy many parents think will help their k

Parents who have children with birthdays on the cusp between two school years increasingly face a quandary. Should they hold their child back a year — also known as academic redshirting — to allow them to enter kindergarten as the oldest in the grade, or is it better to send them straight away as the youngest in the grade? "This is one of the most popular questions out there on the playground," Diane Schanzenbach, an education researcher and professor at Northwestern University, said on the podcast EdNext. "I think more often than not it's a mistake to redshirt your kindergartener," she continued.

News Coverage Apr 19, 2017

Education Next: Should You Hold Your Child Back from Kindergarten?

In this week’s episode, Marty West talks with Diane Schanzenbach, about the down side of academic redshirting. Schanzenbach is a professor of education and social policy at Northwestern University and director of the Hamilton Project at the Brookings Institution. Along with Stephanie Howard Larson, Diane is the author of the article “Is your child ready for kindergarten?” which will appear in the Summer 2017 issue of the journal.

News Coverage Apr 15, 2017

The New York Times: Supply-Side Economics, but for Liberals

In other areas, the relationship between public programs and higher incomes and employment rates is more indirect and takes longer to play out, but researchers are analyzing vast troves of data to detect trends. For example, the food stamp program was introduced gradually in the United States from 1961 to 1975. Hilary Hoynes of the University of California, Berkeley, Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach of Northwestern University and Douglas Almond of Columbia University have found that low-income children who benefited from the program were healthier and more likely to be working decades later than otherwise similar children in counties where the program arrived later.

News Coverage Apr 14, 2017

National Public Radio: Ready Or Not (For Kindergarten), Some Research Says, Enroll Anyway

For me, the age gap didn't really matter until my freshman year at college, when I was only 17 and couldn't vote in the 2012 presidential election with everybody else. Feeling left out, I started to wish my parents had waited to put me in school. But, Diane Schanzenbach, an education professor at Northwestern University, and Stephanie Larson, director of Rose Hall Montessori School, have made me think twice. The two recently published an article on the emotional and economic toll that redshirting can have on students, despite all its praise from writers like Malcolm Gladwell.

News Coverage Apr 10, 2017

Education Next: Is Your Child Ready for Kindergarten?

As any good educator will tell you, parents know their children best. There are multiple factors to weigh when deciding whether a preschooler is ready to thrive in kindergarten. What research tells us about the “average” child or “most” children may not apply to a particular son’s or daughter’s unique abilities and delays. Families might want to speak with parents of older children about their own kindergarten-enrollment decisions and how they view them in retrospect. And then, parents should follow their own best judgment.

News Coverage Apr 5, 2017

National Public Radio - Think Podcast: Protecting Urban Populations From Climate Risk

Later this year, the Trump administration will unveil a $1 trillion infrastructure plan to address the nation's aging highways, bridges, airports and electrical grid. University of Southern California economics professor Matthew Kahn joins us to talk about how replacing these items can also help fight climate change. His paper "Protecting Urban Places and Populations from Rising Climate Risk" was recently published by [The Hamilton Project at] the Brookings Institution.

News Coverage Apr 3, 2017

Vox: The case for immigration

This is not, incidentally, because an increase in the labor supply has no adverse effects for anyone. Rather, as Heidi Shierholz of the liberal Economic Policy Institute emphasizes in her overview of the literature, it’s that “earlier immigrants are the group that’s most adversely affected by immigration” because they are the people whose skill sets are most likely to put them in direct competition with new immigrants. Across a range of estimates, the effects on wages “tend to be very small, and on average, modestly positive. That’s because, as Michael Greenstone and Adam Looney of the center-left Hamilton Project put it, “immigrants and U.S.-born workers generally do not compete for the same jobs; instead, many immigrants complement the work of U.S. employees and increase their productivity.

News Coverage Mar 16, 2017

CBS: Half of college grads earn less now than in 2000

It’s unclear whether those college grads earning less than in 2000 are in lower-paid fields or working in industries suffering from low growth or even cutbacks. Some evidence indicates that some college majors result in higher pay than others. The Hamilton Project found in a 2014 study that four science-related majors were linked with median lifetime earnings of more than $2 million, more than double that of early-childhood education grads.

News Coverage Mar 7, 2017

The Hill: America’s small investment in government data has big payoffs

Proposals to augment survey data with administrative data, with appropriate confidentiality safeguards, would likely improve the quality of data in a cost-effective manner. Agencies should build off the success of Census’ Longitudinal Employer-Household Dynamics program and continue finding ways to link different data sources together. “Data synchronization” should finally pass Congress and be enacted. Improving the data requires resources. The return on this investment is significant — to businesses, policymakers, and families. It’s an investment worth making.

News Coverage Mar 7, 2017

Pacific Standard Magazine: Cutting Spending on Statistics Won’t Save the Budget

Last week, the Hamilton Project at the Brookings Institution (often described as a center-left think tank) and the American Enterprise Institute (often described as a center-right think tank) held an event on the “vital role of government statistics.” The event was, in short, a full-throated, deeply passionate, bipartisan defense of the value and importance of government statistics.

News Coverage Feb 23, 2017

Reuters: Why living longer should not lead to retirement benefit cuts

You will often hear proponents argue for this policy by citing soaring longevity rates in the United States. But the data can mislead. At the start of the 20th century, average life expectancy was 46 years for men and 48 years for women; now, it is 76 for men, and 81 for women, according to Brookings Institution research. But that measures longevity from birth, and fails to factor in sharp declines in infant mortality.

News Coverage Feb 23, 2017

Pacific Standard Magazine: Should the Government Tell SNAP Recipients What They Can Eat?

As Schanzenbach notes, implementing SNAP restrictions on sweetened beverages or other sugary foods likely wouldn’t be a simple process. There are approximately 20,000 new food products introduced in this country every year — all of these would have to be evaluated by the USDA to determine eligibility. Nor is determining eligibility necessarily a straightforward proposition. Some granola bars, for example, have more sugar per serving than candy — should those foods be restricted? What about juice, specialty carbonated beverages, or flavored waters or sports drinks with small amounts of added sugar?

News Coverage Feb 22, 2017

The 74 Million: Hard to Game, Easy to Use: Chronic Absenteeism Gains Ground as New ESSA Measure of Student Success

A report recently released by the Hamilton Project of the Brookings Institution recommends using chronic absenteeism — meaning the rate of students who are absent more than, say, 10 to 15 days each year — for accountability purposes. An estimated 5 million to 7.5 million students miss 18 or more days of a school year, according to the U.S. Department of Education.

News Coverage Feb 20, 2017

CBS News: Food stamps and sweets: Should they be kept apart?

Banning soda purchases would likely have no impact on what recipients buy at the grocery store, because they would likely shift their budgets and use their own money to buy soda, while relying on food-stamps for their other purchases. On top of that, the burden of restricting soda and candy purchases would fall on retailers, adding to their costs, The Hamilton Project director Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach told the committee.