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Economic Perspectives on Some Important Dimensions of Early Childhood Development in Developing Countries

Jere R. Behrman and Sergio S. Urzúa

in Handbook of Early Childhood Development Research and Its Impact on Global Policy

Published in print January 2013 | ISBN: 9780199922994
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199980420 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199922994.003.0006
Economic Perspectives on Some Important Dimensions of Early Childhood Development in Developing Countries

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Delayed child development is a cumulative process that starts as early as in the womb and, once begun, may be difficult (or very costly) to reverse during school years and adulthood. This explains why early childhood development (ECD) has been recognized as having high returns over the life cycle in both developing and developed countries. Yet, very little is known with confidence about the economic justification for ECD programs in general and in developing countries in particular. The economic justification must depend on the comparison of benefits and costs of each ECD program. In this chapter, we review what is known and, perhaps more importantly, what is not known about components of economic analysis of ECD programs.

Keywords: early interventions; child development; cost–benefit analysis; program evaluation; developing countries

Chapter.  8141 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Developmental Psychology

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