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Investing in Health: The Long-Term Impact of Head Start on Smoking

  • James E. Foster

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    (Department of Economics/Institute for International Economic Policy, George Washington University)

  • Kathryn H. Anderson

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    (Department of Economics, Vanderbilt University)

  • David E. Frisvold

    ()

    (Department of Economics, Emory University)

Head Start is a comprehensive, early childhood development program designed to augment the human capital and health capital levels of disadvantaged children. Evaluations of Head Start have tended to focus on cognitive outcomes; however, there is increasing recognition that other important outcomes can be influenced by participation. This paper evaluates the long term impact of Head Start participation on smoking behavior in young adulthood by comparing the behavior of adults who attended Head Start with those of siblings who did not. We find that participation in Head Start reduces the probability that an individual smokes cigarettes as a young adult.

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Paper provided by The George Washington University, Institute for International Economic Policy in its series Working Papers with number 2010-25.

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Length: 36 pages
Date of creation: Apr 2008
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Publication status: Published in Economic Inquiry, Vol. 48, No. 3, July 2010, 587-602
Handle: RePEc:gwi:wpaper:2010-25
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