UC Irvine’s Greg Duncan, a leading national scholar in the field of early
has been awarded the 2013 Klaus J. Jacobs Research Prize for his
groundbreaking work on the lasting effects of poverty on child
Bestowed by the Zurich-based Jacobs Foundation, the honor
comes with 1 million Swiss francs, worth approximately $1.09 million.
children enter kindergarten far behind high-income children in terms of
concrete literacy and math skills, and they have more difficultypaying attention in class. My research seeks a better understanding of why this is the case.”
Duncan, a distinguished professor of education, will use the funds to support work with neuroscientists,
developmental psychologists and economists assessing how
poverty-reducing income supplements over a child’s first three years of
life affect parenting and the child’s cognitive development, UC Irvine said. The
experimental study will involve 1,000 families across the U.S.