It’s far cheaper to eradicate poverty than to deal with its effects decades later

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A note for Lesson no. 3, "Little Brains Wire Themselves to Their World," in Seven and a Half Lessons About the Brain by Lisa Feldman Barrett.
Some context from page 61‌ is:

Childhood poverty is a colossal waste of human opportunity. Recent estimates suggest that it’s far cheaper to eradicate poverty than to deal with its effects decades later.

The appendix adds:

The cost of lifting children out of poverty, the report states, is far less than the price paid for the consequences of poverty after the children grow up.

For more information on the costs of childhood poverty, see this reference.[1]


References

  1. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2019. A Roadmap to Reducing Child Poverty. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press.