The Developmental Approach to Child and Adult Health

28 Pages Posted: 15 Dec 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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Abstract

Pediatricians should consider the costs and benefits of preventing rather than treating childhood diseases. We present an integrated developmental approach to child and adult health that considers the costs and benefits of interventions over the life cycle. We suggest policies to promote child health which are currently outside the boundaries of conventional pediatrics. We discuss current challenges to the field and suggest avenues for future research.

Keywords: health, prevention, remediation, capabilities, technology of capability formation

JEL Classification: I12, I18

Suggested Citation

Conti, Gabriella and Heckman, James J., The Developmental Approach to Child and Adult Health. IZA Discussion Paper No. 7060. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2189798

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