Investing in Health: The Long-Term Impact of Head Start on Smoking

16 Pages Posted: 21 Jun 2010

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Kathryn H. Anderson

Vanderbilt University; CASE; University of Central Asia

James E. Foster

George Washington University

David E. Frisvold

University of Iowa - Henry B. Tippie College of Business - Department of Economics

Abstract

Head Start is a comprehensive, early childhood development program designed to augment the human capital and health capital levels of disadvantaged children. Evaluations of Head Start have tended to focus on cognitive outcomes; however, there is increasing recognition that other important outcomes can be influenced by participation. This article evaluates the long-term impact of Head Start participation on smoking behavior in young adulthood by comparing the behavior of adults who attended Head Start with those of siblings who did not. We find that participation in Head Start reduces the probability that an individual smokes cigarettes as a young adult.

Suggested Citation

Anderson, Kathryn H. and Foster, James E. and Frisvold, David E., Investing in Health: The Long-Term Impact of Head Start on Smoking. Economic Inquiry, Vol. 48, Issue 3, pp. 587-602, July 2010, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1627399 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1465-7295.2008.00202.x

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