IMPAQ International Researcher Awarded Eckstein Prize by Eastern Economic Association

Study on “Head Start,” Judged Best Submission to Eastern Economic Journal for 2011/2012
Columbia, Maryland


February 05, 2014

IMPAQ International announced today that Dr. Teerachat Techapaisarnjaroenkij, a Senior Research Analyst with the company’s Labor Division, has been selected by the Eastern Economic Association (EEA) as the recipient  of the group’s Eckstein Prize for 2011/2012.

Named in honor of Otto Eckstein, a former president of the EEA, the Eckstein Prize recognizes what is judged by the EEA as the best article published in the Association’s in a two-year perioDr. Teerachat Techapaisarnjaroenkijd.

The award-winning paper, co-authored by Dr. Techapaisarnjaroenkij and Dr. Cory Koedel of the University of Missouri, looks at the relative performance of the Head Start program by comparing the effectiveness of Head Start childcare centers to non-Head Start childcare centers – the latter being “the preferred childcare option of wealthier families.” The study revealed that, on average, Head Start centers perform similarly to non-Head Start centers.

IMPAQ’s Chief Program Officer, Dr. David Baker, welcomed the announcement, noting that Dr. Techapaisarnjaroenkij’s selection reflects the caliber of the experts working at IMPAQ.

“We are very excited that Dr. Techapaisarnjaroenkij has been recognized by the Eastern Economic Association for his outstanding work,” said Dr. Baker. “IMPAQ prides itself on bringing together exceptionally talented, innovative people like Dr. Techapaisarnjaroenkij, so we are very proud to call him a colleague and applaud his most recent achievement.”

Dr. Techapaisarnjaroenkij, a PhD graduate in Economics from the University of Missouri with specializations in Labor Economics, Economics of Education, and Applied Econometrics, is slated to receive his award at a ceremony to be held in Boston during the EEA’s 40th Annual Conference this March.


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