The Economics, Technology and Neuroscience of Human Capability Formation
James J. Heckman
University of Chicago - Department of Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); American Bar Foundation; Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA); CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute for Economic Research)
IZA Discussion Paper No. 2875
This paper begins the synthesis of two currently unrelated literatures: the human capital approach to health economics and the economics of cognitive and noncognitive skill formation. A lifecycle investment framework is the foundation for understanding the origins of human inequality and for devising policies to reduce it.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 29
Keywords: critical periods, sensitive periods, early childhood, Barker hypothesis
JEL Classification: I12, I21working papers series
Date posted: July 11, 2007
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