The Economics of Child Well-Being

59 Pages Posted: 20 Oct 2012

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Gabriella Conti

University of Chicago

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)

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Date Written: October 20, 2012

Abstract

This chapter presents an integrated economic approach that organizes and interprets the evidence on child development. It also discusses the indicators of child well-being that are used in international comparisons. Recent evidence on child development is summarized, and policies to promote child well-being are discussed. The chapter concludes with some open questions and suggestions for future research.

Keywords: child development, human capital, early childhood education

JEL Classification: J13, I21, D03, D04

Suggested Citation

Conti, Gabriella and Heckman, James J., The Economics of Child Well-Being (October 20, 2012). IZA Discussion Paper No. 6930. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2164659

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