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Estimating the production function for human capital: results from a randomized controlled trial in Colombia

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  • Orazio Attanasio

    () (Institute for Fiscal Studies and University College London)

  • Sarah Cattan

    () (Institute for Fiscal Studies and Institute for Fiscal Studies)

  • Emla Fitzsimons

    () (Institute for Fiscal Studies and Institute of Education, University of London)

  • Costas Meghir

    () (Institute for Fiscal Studies and Yale University)

  • Marta Rubio Codina

    () (Institute for Fiscal Studies and Institute for Fiscal Studies)

Abstract

We examine the channels through which a randomized early childhood intervention in Colombia led to signi cant gains in cognitive and socio-emotional skills among a sample of disadvantaged children aged 12 to 24 months at baseline. We estimate the determinants of material and time investments in these children and evaluate the impact of the treatment on such investments. We then estimate the production functions for cognitive and socio-emotional skills. The e ffects of the program can be explained by increases in parental investments, which have strong e ffects on outcomes and are complementary to both maternal skills and child's baseline skills. A newer version of this working paper is available here.

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  • Orazio Attanasio & Sarah Cattan & Emla Fitzsimons & Costas Meghir & Marta Rubio Codina, 2017. "Estimating the production function for human capital: results from a randomized controlled trial in Colombia," IFS Working Papers W17/06, Institute for Fiscal Studies.
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