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The public returns to public educational investments in African-American males

Henry M. Levin; Clive Belfield; Peter A. Muennig; Cecilia Rouse

Title:
The public returns to public educational investments in African-American males
Author(s):
Levin, Henry M.
Belfield, Clive
Muennig, Peter A.
Rouse, Cecilia
Date:
Type:
Articles
Department(s):
Health Policy and Management
Education Policy and Social Analysis
Volume:
26
Persistent URL:
Book/Journal Title:
Economics of Education Review
Publisher:
Elsevier
Abstract:
This paper calculates the public savings (financial benefits) from greater public investments in the education of African-American males. Over one-fifth of each age cohort of black males in US is not a high school graduate. We identify five interventions that would—based on credible research—increase the graduation rate; we also report the public cost of each intervention. We then calculate the lifetime public benefits in terms of increased tax revenues and lower spending on health and crime. In present values, for a black male aged 20, these public benefits amount to $256,700 per new graduate and the median intervention would cost only $90,700. The benefit/cost ratio is 2.83. Simply equating the high school graduation rate of black males with that of white males would yield public savings of $3.98 billion for each age cohort. These results suggest that increased investments in education for black males at risk of dropping out of high school should be an economic priority.
Subject(s):
High school graduates
African American men--Education
Education--Cost effectiveness
Education--Economic aspects
African American men
Public health
Education
African Americans
Publisher DOI:
https://doi.org/10.1016/j.econedurev.2007.09.004
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Suggested Citation:
Henry M. Levin, Clive Belfield, Peter A. Muennig, Cecilia Rouse, , The public returns to public educational investments in African-American males, Columbia University Academic Commons, .

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