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The Developmental Approach to Child and Adult Health

  • Gabriella Conti
  • James J. Heckman

Pediatricians should consider the costs and benefits of preventing rather than treating childhood diseases. We present an integrated developmental approach to child and adult health that considers the costs and benefits of interventions over the life cycle. We suggest policies to promote child health which are currently outside the boundaries of conventional pediatrics. We discuss current challenges to the field and suggest avenues for future research.

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Paper provided by National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc in its series NBER Working Papers with number 18664.

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Date of creation: Dec 2012
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Publication status: published as G. Conti & J. J. Heckman, 2013. "The Developmental Approach to Child and Adult Health," PEDIATRICS, vol 131(Supplement), pages S133-S141.
Handle: RePEc:nbr:nberwo:18664
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