The Developmental Approach to Child and Adult Health

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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: December 2012

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.

Suggested Citation

Conti, Gabriella and Heckman, James J., The Developmental Approach to Child and Adult Health (December 2012). NBER Working Paper No. w18664. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2195850

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