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The Economics of Child Well-Being

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  • Conti, Gabriella

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    (University College London)

  • Heckman, James J.

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    (University of Chicago)

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.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 6930.

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Length: 59 pages
Date of creation: Oct 2012
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Publication status: published in: A. Ben-Arieh, F. Casas, I. Frones, and J. Korbin (eds.), Handbook of Child Well-Being: Theories, Methods, and Policies in Global Perspective. Dordrecht: Springer-Verlag. 2013.
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  3. Julia S. Goldberg & Marcia J. Carlson, 2012. "Getting Inside the Family: How Parents’ Relationship Quality Is Linked to Children’s Behavior in Married and Cohabiting Families," Working Papers, Princeton University, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Center for Research on Child Wellbeing. 1428, Princeton University, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Center for Research on Child Wellbeing..
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  5. Popova, Daria, 2014. "Distributional impacts of cash allowances for children: a microsimulation analysis for Russia and Europe," EUROMOD Working Papers em2-14, EUROMOD at the Institute for Social and Economic Research.
  6. Julia S. Goldberg & Marcia J. Carlson, 2013. "Parents’ Relationship Quality and Children’s Behavior in Married and Cohabiting Families," Working Papers, Princeton University, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Center for Research on Child Wellbeing. 1463, Princeton University, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Center for Research on Child Wellbeing..

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