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Document Number: 7623

The Public Returns to Public Educational Investments in African American Males - This paper calculates the public savings from greater public investments in the education of African American males. The report: (1) identifies five interventions that would increase the graduation rate; (2) reports the public cost of each intervention; and (3) calculates the lifetime public benefits in terms of increased tax revenues and lower spending on health and crime. 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. (Henry Levin, Clive Belfield, Peter Muennig and Cecilia Rouse, The Center for Benefit-Cost Studies of Education, 2007)...

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