The Economics of Child Well-Being

By: Conti, Gabriella (University of Chicago); Heckman, James J. (University of Chicago)


This chapter presents an integrated economic approach that organizes and interprets the evidence on child development. It also discusses the indicators of child well-being that are used in international comparisons. Recent evidence on child development is summarized, and policies to promote child well-being are discussed. The chapter concludes with some open questions and suggestions for future research.
Keywords: child development, human capital, early childhood education

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