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Child Health

Lara Shore-Sheppard

in Targeting Investments in Children

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print October 2010 | ISBN: 9780226475813
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226475837 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226475837.003.0005
Child Health

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The connection between poor health and low income has long been recognized. This chapter presents and analyzes evidence on whether and how child health interventions affect adult labor market outcomes. The evidence is discussed in two parts. First, the interventions must actually affect child health in a measurable way. Second, there must be a link between that improvement in health and adult labor market outcomes. This link may be direct (e.g., the improvement in health permits higher levels of earnings) or indirect (e.g., the improvement in health permits greater levels of education). The chapter surveys a wide range of child health-related interventions, and the links between them and long-run outcomes. There is clear evidence that several of these interventions “work” in the sense of improving children's health. However, the evidence on links between children's health and adult poverty is much weaker.

Keywords: child health; adult labor market; child health interventions

Chapter.  16620 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Public Economics

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