Sulzberger Distinguished Lecture Series featuring Jon Guyan

Not Too Late: The Promise of Social Programs for Adolescents

September 25, 2017
3:00 PM-4:30 PM

In recent years, a large body of research has shown how early life exposure to disease, deprivation and stress can have negative effects on health, education and earnings that last into adulthood. Social and educational interventions during a child’s early years have been shown to have large positive and lasting effects. In contrast, evidence of the effectiveness of social programs aimed at adolescents and young adults has been less encouraging. This combination of research findings has led many to suggest that resources should be redirected toward early childhood interventions and away from programs that target adolescents and young adults. But is it too late to successfully intervene once children reach adolescence, or even young adulthood? Or have the interventions aimed at these ages just been trying the wrong things? Jonathan Guryan will describe a few programs targeted at adolescents that he has found to improve educational outcomes and reduce involvement in crime.

Guryan is an associate professor of human development and social policy and chair of the Program on Education Policy at Northwestern University’s Institute of Policy Research. He is also a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research, co-director of the Urban Education Lab, editor of the Journal of Labor Economics, and a research consultant for the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. In 2009, he received the John T. Dunlop Outstanding Scholar Award from the Labor and Employment Relations Association. Before joining Northwestern University, he was on the faculty of the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business.

Guryan’s work spans various topics related to labor markets, education policy, and social interaction. His research interests include the causes and consequences of racial inequality, the development of skills and human capital in both early childhood and adolescence, the labor market for teachers, social interactions in the workplace, youth violence, and lottery gambling.

Visitor parking is available for a fee at the Science Drive visitors’ lot. Please join us for a reception after the talk.