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date: 05 March 2021

The Rationale for Interventions to Foster Child Developmentlocked

  • Samuel BerlinskiSamuel BerlinskiResearch Department, Inter-American Development Bank; IZA–Institute of Labor Economics
  •  and Marcos Vera-HernándezMarcos Vera-HernándezDepartment of Economics, University College London; Institute for Fiscal Studies

Summary

Socioeconomic gradients in health, cognitive, and socioemotional skills start at a very early age. Well-designed policy interventions in the early years can have a great impact in closing these gaps. Advancing this line of research requires a thorough understanding of how households make human capital investment decisions on behalf of their children, what their information set is, and how the market, the environment, and government policies affect them. A framework for this research should describe how children’s skills evolve and how parents make choices about the inputs that model child development, as well as the rationale for government interventions, including both efficiency and equity considerations.

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