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DECO 1960A - Early childhood development and education policies

Type d'enseignement : Elective

Semester : Autumn 2017-2018

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English



Course Description

Formal programs for young children are increasingly present in many countries. Mounting evidence suggests that quality early childhood education and development programmes may promote human capital, and therefore potentially alter lifetime trajectories of children, especially for children from more disadvantaged backgrounds. This course looks at early childhood education and care policies with a focus on an economics perspective, while also reviewing diverse interdisciplinary concepts framing the policy context. The main course objectives will be to: Understand and question current concepts in early childhood development and their relevance for policy making; Learn about the economics of public investments in early learning; Explore cross-national differences in policies and current policy debates; Apply acquired knowledge to critically evaluate existing early childhood systems. Sessions will be interactive and require student participation.


  • PANICO, Lidia (Chargée de Recherches)
  • TO, Maxime (Chercheur)

Pedagogical format

Each class will consist of an hour-long lecture by one of the course tutors, followed by a 10-15 minute student presentation, and finally a class discussion on both the lecture and the student presentation. All students are expected to have prepared at least one reading each week and to participate in each class discussion.

Course validation

The course evaluation will be made up of 3 main parts: a presentation to the class; a written coursework; and a final exam. Class participation will also be evaluated and will count towards the final mark.

Required reading

  • A detailed reading list will be circulated in the first week. Students will be expected to read extensively and prepare at least one reading each week
  • OECD (2009) Doing Better for Children.
  • James J. Heckman and Stefano Mosso (2014) The Economics of Human Development and Social Mobility. NBER Working Paper No. 19925
  • All students are expected to prepare at least one reading each week. Presentation and coursework will require reading widely, and including from outside the reading list