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The Economics of Child Well-Being

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  • Gabriella Conti
  • James J. Heckman

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This paper 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 paper concludes with some open questions and suggestions for future research.

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Paper provided by National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc in its series NBER Working Papers with number 18466.

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  1. The Economics of Child Well-Being
    by maximorossi in NEP-LTV blog on 2012-11-06 16:53:33
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    by UDADISI in UDADISI on 2012-11-10 14:28:00
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  1. Grossman, Michael & Tekin, Erdal & Wada, Roy, 2013. "Food Prices and Body Fatness among Youths," IZA Discussion Papers 7465, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  2. Gabriella Conti & James J. Heckman, 2012. "The Developmental Approach to Child and Adult Health," NBER Working Papers 18664, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
  3. 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.
  4. 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..
  5. 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..
  6. Armando Barrientos & Jasmina Byrne & Paola Peña & Juan Miguel Villa & UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre, 2013. "Social Transfers and Child Protection," Innocenti Working Papers inwopa691, UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre.

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