|Benefit-Cost Summary Statistics Per Participant|
|Taxpayers||($1,688)||Benefits minus costs||($9,262)|
|Participants||($3,966)||Benefit to cost ratio||($4.89)|
|Others||($2,092)||Chance the program will produce|
|Indirect||$58||benefits greater than the costs||14 %|
|Net program cost||($1,573)|
|Benefits minus cost||($9,262)|
|Meta-Analysis of Program Effects|
|Outcomes measured||Treatment age||No. of effect sizes||Treatment N||Adjusted effect sizes(ES) and standard errors(SE) used in the benefit - cost analysis||Unadjusted effect size (random effects model)|
|First time ES is estimated||Second time ES is estimated|
Standardized, validated tests of academic achievement.
Grade point average^
Non-standardized measure of student performance calculated across subjects.
Number or percentage of school days present in a given enrollment period.
Office discipline referrals^
Referrals of a student to an administrative office for disciplinary reasons.
|Detailed Monetary Benefit Estimates Per Participant|
|Affected outcome:||Resulting benefits:1||Benefits accrue to:|
|Test scores||Labor market earnings associated with test scores||($1,688)||($3,966)||($2,092)||$844||($6,902)|
|Program cost||Adjustment for deadweight cost of program||$0||$0||$0||($787)||($787)|
|Detailed Annual Cost Estimates Per Participant|
|Annual cost||Year dollars||Summary|
|Program costs||$1,491||2016||Present value of net program costs (in 2018 dollars)||($1,573)|
|Comparison costs||$0||2016||Cost range (+ or -)||40 %|
Benefits Minus Costs
Benefits by Perspective
Taxpayer Benefits by Source of Value
|Benefits Minus Costs Over Time (Cumulative Discounted Dollars)|
|The graph above illustrates the estimated cumulative net benefits per-participant for the first fifty years beyond the initial investment in the program. We present these cash flows in discounted dollars. If the dollars are negative (bars below $0 line), the cumulative benefits do not outweigh the cost of the program up to that point in time. The program breaks even when the dollars reach $0. At this point, the total benefits to participants, taxpayers, and others, are equal to the cost of the program. If the dollars are above $0, the benefits of the program exceed the initial investment.|
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