A Framework for Physical Growth and Child Development

36 Pages Posted: 14 Jul 2015

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Harold Alderman

International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

Jere Behrman

University of Pennsylvania - Department of Economics

Paul Glewwe

University of Minnesota - College of Agricultural, Food and Environmental Sciences - Department of Applied Economics

Date Written: April 27, 2015

Abstract

It is widely recognized that there is a continuum of physical growth and social-emotional and cognitive development across the life course, from the preconception health status of the mother through adulthood. This paper lays out a core economic model that illustrates the interrelationship of investments over the life cycle. It then shows how this framework can be used to the relative cost-effectiveness analysis and benefit-cost analysis of interventions during early childhood development with both physical growth and cognition as key outcomes.

Keywords: nutrition, human capital, child development

Suggested Citation

Alderman, Harold and Behrman, Jere R. and Glewwe, Paul, A Framework for Physical Growth and Child Development (April 27, 2015). IFPRI Discussion Paper 01435. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2605542

Harold Alderman (Contact Author)

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Jere R. Behrman

University of Pennsylvania - Department of Economics ( email )

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Paul Glewwe

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