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The Perry Preschool program was a randomized social experiment with long run followup that supplemented the early environments of disadvantaged African Ameri-can children. Evidence from the program is widely used in support of claims of the effectiveness of early childhood intervention programs. The Perry program has been shown to boost adult performance for both girls and boys. It has a rate of return above the historical return to equity. This paper contributes to an emerging literature on the importance of noncognitive traits in explaining a variety of social outcomes.
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